Posts by Sean McElwee

In our recent research exploring the impacts of Oregon’s new Automatic Voter Registration (AVR) system in the 2016 election, we find that new voters who registered using AVR were more diverse than...
August 27, 2017 | Sean McElwee
Democrats have unveiled their new Better Deal plan for the 2018 elections, a pivot toward a populist, positive agenda. Though some have advocated triangulating to win over mushy moderates, a...
August 2, 2017 | Sean McElwee
Since the election, the Democratic Party has been doing intense soul-searching—examining what has led them to the wilderness, out of power in the executive, legislative and judicial branches and in...
July 30, 2017 | Sean McElwee
What happened in 2016? In a recent Monkey Cage piece, I discussed the research Demos is performing with political scientists Bernard Fraga, Brian Schaffner and Jesse Rhodes on how depressed turnout...
June 5, 2017 | Sean McElwee
Despite important advances with ballot initiatives and the rise of the powerful Fight for $15 movement, there is still progress to be made on raising the minimum wage. In Missouri, Senate Republicans...
May 15, 2017 | Sean McElwee
Since 2006, states across the country have implemented strict voter ID laws, which require photo identification at polling places. Extensive research has suggested that these laws are motivated by...
May 8, 2017 | Sean McElwee
What propelled Donald Trump to victory in the 2016 election? Though the foggy aftermath of the election left us with many competing theories, only now are the data to test them coming out. The...
April 12, 2017 | Sean McElwee
After entering as the presumptive front-runner, Jeb Bush dropped out of the presidential race on Saturday. He spent huge sums of money in early states but failed to get votes. Unsurprisingly, many...
February 24, 2016 | Sean McElwee