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Challenge the Policy: Elections & Data Science

The 2018 midterm elections will have far-reaching impact at the national level as well as in many states, and pundits have been predicting a “blue wave” of Democratic victories in Congress and gubernatorial races. With continued battles over voter access and gerrymandering and fears surrounding elections security, however, what seems most clear is that this election cycle is all about the numbers. What is the data science behind electoral policy and analysis? What’s the latest on key court cases involving gerrymandering? How can local voters be sure that they are registered to vote and know where to do so?

This Challenge the Policy topic will feature experts in mathematics and computer science as well as political science to consider these questions in their scholarly and policy contexts. We will also hear from student groups working on voter registration and turnout.


Wall Academic Center Hamilton W. McKay Atrium

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Ruhlen, Rebecca N