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Alphabetically ordered ballots make elections less fair anddistort the composition of American legislatures

Edwards, Barry (2015) Alphabetically ordered ballots make elections less fair anddistort the composition of American legislatures. USApp– American Politics and Policy Blog (09 Jun 2015). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

It is relatively well known that candidates who are first on the ballot tend to enjoy a vote advantage compared to those whose names begin with letters later in the alphabet. But how much of a difference has this made to election results? In new research which analyzes the names of members of Congress from 1949 to 2012 and state legislators from 1967 to 2010, Barry Edwards finds that alphabetical ballot lists account for the results in 10 Congressional seats and more than 70 seats in state legislatures. He argues that alphabetically ordered ballots undermine the principle of fair elections, and that reform of ballot order rules is needed.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/
Additional Information: © 2015 The Author, USApp – American Politics and Policy Blog, The London School of Economics and Political Science.; Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
K Law > KF United States Federal Law
Sets: Collections > LSE American Politics and Policy (USAPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 10 Jul 2015 10:32
Last Modified: 13 Sep 2019 23:22
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/62655

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