Turning Out to Vote: The Politics of Polling Places and Increased Costs for Minority Voters
Abstract: Uses observational data to examine the effects county financial resources have on Election Day failures. Using the number of polling places as proxy, this research finds that counties with less money for election administration tasks experience more Election Day failures. This disproportionately affects low-income whites and minorities on average. This paper illustrates the consequences of scarce election administration resources and the subsequent undue burden on some voters.
The Lingering History of Race in Racial Attitudes and Presidential Approval
Abstract: Uses evidence from an original nationally representative survey experiment to examine how President Obama’s behavior, specifically his proposal of an economic initiative for racial minorities, affects his approval rating. I find that being primed with fictional examples of President Obama discussing race is statistically related to approval rating. Among black respondents, the treatment produces an increase in presidential approval, even accounting for prior levels of approval. Among respondents in the treatment, they were more likely to cite racial reasons for their evaluation of the president. This research suggests that racial attitudes have a persistent impact on citizens’ evaluations of elected officials’ behavior.
From Paycheck to Paycheck: State Regulations and the Use of Alternative Financial Services
Abstract: I compiled an original dataset of fringe economy locations by scrapping data from the Yellow Pages. Using this data, I outline the characteristics of the fringe economy and illustrates that the fringe economy is predominately located in neighborhoods that are disproportionately nonwhite and disproportionately low-income. Analyses using the 2016 Collaborative Multiracial Post-Election Survey show that individuals in states with strong regulations are less likely to use the fringe economy, though minorities and low-income individuals still use fringe economy services more.