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 an associate 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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Which States Are Prepared for the 2020 Election?

The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic poses a major threat to the November 2020 election. Congress must act now, and act decisively, to help states protect the lives of millions of voters as they exercise their most fundamental right as citizens. Read more >

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New Study Shows Benefits of Voting by Mail

As we think about how to manage this crisis, a timely new study by political scientists Adam Bonica, ​Jacob M. Grumbach​, Charlotte Hill​ and Hakeem Jefferson demonstrates positive effects on voter turnout from Colorado’s approach to voting: universal vote-by-mail. Read more >

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Analysis: Voter Fraud Proponents Are Frauds

Allowing Americans to vote by mail does not increase voter fraud. That’s the takeaway from a joint analysis UCS just completed with the UCLA Voting Rights Project and the University of New Mexico’s Center for Social Policy. Voter fraud in US elections continues to be extremely low, and people should not be forced to put their health at risk to exercise their right to vote. Read more >

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COVID-19 Has Put Our Democracy in Critical Condition

An electoral disaster is unfolding in Wisconsin.  The voting rights of thousands of voters were violated when they were given, in the words of one of the state judges who dissented in the decision to prevent the postponement of the primary: “an untenable choice: endanger your safety and potentially your life by voting or give up your right to vote by heeding the recent and urgent warnings about the fast growing pandemic.” Read more >

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Congress Must Stop Coronavirus Election Meltdown this Week

Congress has to take federal action now, this week while they are in emergency session, to ensure the integrity of our elections. Read more >

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