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STANFORD UNIVERSITY – “Instant runoff” voting – which San Franciscans will use this week to choose their new mayor, county sheriff and district attorney – requires voters to rank their three top choices in each race, instead of simply voting for their first choice, with a later run-off if needed. Advocates say instant runoff does [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — As Americans tune in to the debate preceding the next election, some will hear hypothetical questions about candidates. You might get a phone call, for example, asking how likely you would be to vote for so-and-so if she’d hired an illegal immigrant, or if such-and-such a candidate opposed gay [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — California Governor Earl Warren, a relatively liberal Republican and future U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice, was facing a difficult reelection challenge in 1950, the height of the McCarthy Era. With his conservative opponent making an issue of alleged Communist influence in California, Warren proposed the Levering Act, which required [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — Intuition tells us advertising increases sales of products, but researchers have had a hard time proving it. A new study from Stanford Graduate School of Business focused on the 2000 U.S. presidential election to prove that point. It found that TV ads were influential enough to tip the 2000 [...]

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STANFORD UNIVERSITY — Voting is a constitutional right, a civic duty and – perhaps most importantly – a way to change or maintain the political landscape. But many people don’t vote, even when the stakes are high. So Stanford psychologists have found a way to motivate them – by making them see voting as an [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS  — Democrats paid a heavy electoral penalty in 2010 for supporting Obama proposals such as healthcare reform and cap-and-trade environmental legislation, say three Stanford University political scientists. They estimate that the support cost Democrats 20 legislative seats and their majority control in the House of Representatives. But Republicans should not [...]

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