A Partisan Model of Electoral Reform

  title={A Partisan Model of Electoral Reform},
  author={Shaun Bowler and Todd Donovan},
  journal={State Politics \& Policy Quarterly},
  pages={340 - 361}
We propose a model of public response to politicized election reform. In this model, rival partisan elites send signals on the need and consequences of a proposed reform, with partisans in public adopting those positions. We apply this to test how state use of voter identification laws corresponded with public evaluations of the conduct of a state’s elections. We find that the relationship between photo identification laws and confidence in state elections was polarized and conditioned by party… 

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