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It turns out some voters can flip-flop just as fast as any politician. All they need is a little push. A group of Stanford psychologists say most people can be swayed toward either the right or left depending on whether they’re prompted to think about the payoff of their own hard work or the good [...]

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Obama’s political strategists might have gotten an even bigger stimulus package if they had relied less on Democratic Party lawmakers to sell it. Or, taking another tack, they could have gotten more Republican support by not blaming that party for the financial crisis and by being more alarmist about the consequences, say researchers Neil Malhotra and Yotam Margalit.

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Politicians want to assure the electorate that they share the political leanings of voters. This attention to the electoral process, says Kenneth Shotts, means that politicians are more rigid and less likely to change their positions based on new information, particularly when voters may not share that insight.

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Absentee ballots have made voting easier and more accessible to millions of Americans, but the process may have unintended effects on election outcomes, says Professor Neil Malhotra.

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Where you cast your ballot—whether it’s in a church, a school, or an auto garage—can have an effect on the outcome of elections, say three researchers from the Graduate School of Business.

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The Debate Over Online Voting

STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS—Will Internet voting turn politics on its head? Dramatic claims are being made in the wake of this year’s Arizona Democratic primary, the first binding online election. Turnout was relatively high, and there are indications that the Net can have some effect on fundraising. But as a student of the Arizona [...]

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