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Previous literature has attempted to investigate the importance of distance to the polling place as a determinant of an individual’s decision to vote using county or state-wide data, and found contradictory results. While some studies have estimated a significant effect of distance to polling place on voter turnout, others have claimed that this effect is essentially neutralized by an uptick in early voting. However, due to the lack of a comprehensive dataset on polling locations across the US, researchers have not been able to test the validity of either of these local findings across all states. We have two main goals: building a comprehensive dataset on the location of polling places for all states in the US, and then investigating whether politically motivated officials strategically place polling locations to drive turnout of favorable groups while dampening turnout of others.

  • Voting on the US Supreme Court: Dynamic Incentives and Precedent

Existing models of the voting on the Supreme Court ignore the effect of precedent on judicial decision-making and hence limit their analysis to a static game between the justices. Incorporating the incentive to adhere to precedent in the judicial objective function creates dynamic incentives that may lead to strategic voting by members in the dispositional minority coalition. 

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