Michael Latner

Kendall Science Fellow

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Michael Latner is a Kendall Voting Rights Fellow with the Center for Science and Democracy. His research focuses on political representation and electoral systems. His most recent work has focused on redistricting and gerrymandering in the United States, and the impact of electoral administrative law on political participation. Michael holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California at Irvine, and is a professor of political science at California State Polytechnic University, where he recently directed the Masters in Public Policy program. See Michael's full bio.

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A Political Scientist’s Guide to Following the Election

This is going to be a difficult election. But we have the tools, the technology, and the right to ensure that everyone has an equal opportunity to cast a vote and have it counted. Read more >

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How Mail-in Ballots Might Affect Election Night

More people than ever before in the United States are expected to vote by mail-in ballot this election—an estimated 100 million. Mail-in voting is a proven practice, safe and secure. Several states have conducted their elections by mail as a matter of course for years and have experienced smooth elections with virtually no instances of fraud. The election could hinge on those mail-in votes and we may not know the outcomes in those states for days or even weeks. So, with that in mind, here are four possible scenarios of how election night could play out.  Read more >

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Voting, Ballot Rejection, and Electoral Integrity in the 2020 Election

For a variety of reasons, ballots can be or rejected or “spoiled” if they are not filled out correctly or if verification protocols are not followed. This year, there is a great deal of concern over the surge of mail ballots that have been requested as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are observing key counties in the United States  as the election unfolds, as reported in a previous analysis. Read more >

Cindy Shebley
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Lost Voters: Voter Turnout, Suppression and Mobilization in Key 2020 Election Counties

Enthusiasm for the November election may be at a record high, which is normally good news for a democracy. Unfortunately, even if there were not a global pandemic to contend with, voters still face barriers across states that have refused to modernize their election rules.

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Marion S. Trikosko
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Four in 10 People Remain Uncounted… But the Administration Just Tightened the Census Deadline

The country can’t afford to have the single most important scientific instrument at its disposal contaminated for political purposes. Read more >

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