Student NameEmily Boykin
Faculty Mentor NameDr. Daniel Smith
CollegeLiberal Arts and Sciences
MajorPolitical Science
MinorStatistics and Art History
Research InterestsElection Sciences, Public Administration, Public Procurement, Political Economy, and Public Policy
OrganizationsElection Sciences Group; Honors Ambassador (Luminary); Extreme Dance Company; Bob Graham Center; Pi Beta Phi
Hobbies and InterestsDancing, Poetry, Photography, French Art, Travel, Fitness

Research Project

Election Compliance and Absentee Ballot Rejection

“Using data from Georgia and Florida county election officials, we will be examining absentee ballot rejection rates and different contributing factors which can lead to this outcome. Many confounding variables and explanatory factors (such as native language, country of origin, literacy, age, race, partisanship, etc.) have the potential to predict ballot rejection rates and point to pockets of suppression amongst different demographics. This introductory and descriptive analysis of the vote-by-mail electorate will then be compared with similar states and counties to develop a strong comparison for rejection rates in areas with higher rates of election standards compliance and/or noncompliance, in turn focusing on location of election compliance. Overall, this paper seeks to understand the relationship between absentee ballot rejection rates and the major issue of state election compliance.