Elections are odd in 2020. Political scientists explain

Elections are strange in 2020. Political scientists offer guidance on conspiracy theories, democratic backsliding, and voting by mail.

Sandra Knispel-U. Rochester • futurity
yesterday ~14 min

Tags: united-states democracy featured society-and-culture elections voters race-and-ethnicity

What are the odds your vote will not count?

MIT professor’s study quantifies how many mail-in ballots became “lost votes” in the 2016 U.S. federal election.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
yesterday ~8 min

Tags: politics research government school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences political-science voting-and-elections

Will Colorado bring back wolves? It's up to voters

For the first time in the US, a ballot measure will ask voters whether to restore wolves to a place where they've been eradicated. Coloradans have strong views on both sides.

Kevin Crooks, Professor of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology , Colorado State University • conversation
Oct. 16, 2020 ~11 min

Tags: livestock ranchers endangered-species colorado human-wildlife-conflict hunting wolves carnivores apex-predators us-west us-elections-2020 referendum ecological-restoration

What is HIPAA? 5 questions answered about the medical privacy law that protects Trump's test results and yours

A health law expert explains what the regulation does and doesn't protect.

Margaret Riley, Professor of Law, Public Health Sciences, and Public Policy, University of Virginia • conversation
Oct. 15, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: medical-records data-breaches health-data apple-watch fitbit 2020-us-elections privacy-law privacy-rights medical-privacy health-law privacy-policies genetic-databases privacy-laws medical-providers

How many votes will be counted after election night?

Study measures the “blue shift” from absentee and provisional ballots, underscores uncertainties of 2020 vote.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
Oct. 15, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: politics research government school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences political-science voting-and-elections

Prep yourself for vote shift after Election Day

President Donald Trump may appear to have the lead on election day and still lose solidly by the end of the week, experts say.

Megan Schumann-Rutgers • futurity
Oct. 13, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: united-states society-and-culture elections voters presidential-elections

Estonia is a 'digital republic' – what that means and why it may be everyone's future

Estonia has digitised 99% of its public services.

Ali Shahaab, PhD Candidate, Distributed Ledgers / Blockchain Technology, Cardiff Metropolitan University • conversation
Oct. 7, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: internet interdisciplinarity elections blockchain voting estonia digital

The 2020 elections will determine which voices dominate public land debates

Republicans and Democrats take sharply different positions on managing US public lands, but there's solid consensus on some issues.

James R. Skillen, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, Calvin University • conversation
Oct. 6, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: joe-biden donald-trump-administration national-parks national-wildlife-refuge oil-and-gas-exploration malheur-occupation national-monuments donald-trump-jr public-lands us-elections-2020

Voters in both parties are freaked out about election 2020

In the 2020 election, Democrats worry about foreign interference and Republicans about mail-in voting. But both worry about cheating election officials.

Sara Savat-WUSTL • futurity
Sept. 25, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: politics united-states society-and-culture elections voters

If Obamacare goes away, here are eight ways your life will be affected

The Affordable Care Act has a date with the U.S. Supreme Court on Nov. 10. In the wake of Justice Ginsburg's death, the health car law hangs in the balance of a court with a four-four split.

Simon F. Haeder, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Pennsylvania State University • conversation
Sept. 25, 2020 ~11 min

Tags:  affordable-care-act  obamacare  aca  2020-us-elections  preexisting-conditions  essential-health-benefits

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