• How judicial action on racial gerrymandering has failed communities of color

      Ryan, Maeve (2021-05)
      Decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court have resulted in the allowance of both partisan and racial gerrymandering in certain cases. This research seeks to identify the impact that this precedent has on the substantive representation of people of color. The majority-minority district is the key example of racial gerrymandering that is currently legal in the United States. The congressional election results of six states were compiled to identify the impact that the use of majority-minority districts has on the number of votes that were essentially “wasted” in these elections. The findings suggest that majority-minority districts are being used as a method partisan gerrymandering. They also suggest that the votes of people of color within these districts are “wasted” and diluted at a much higher rate than other districts. The research concludes that the use of majority-minority districts is resulting in a loss of substantive representation for people of color.
    • Why more women aren’t elected: the gender gap in US politics

      Pesch, Marie (2022-05)
      First I will address step number one: becoming a candidate. There are several reasons why fewer women become the candidate of a major party in an election for a high level position. Next I will address challenges women face when campaigning. After they make it through the obstacles that step one presents, the candidate must decide how to handle the inevitable sexism they will experience while running a political campaign in America. Lastly, we will discuss the last step to winning an election, getting the votes. It all comes down to election day. After you make it through successfully becoming a candidate and campaigning for as long as 2 years, you still have to win the election.