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IU experts available to comment on how votes are counted, effect of surge in mail-in ballots

November 2, 2020

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- President Donald Trump has repeatedly made unsubstantiated claims that mail-in ballots are illegitimate and has criticized the counting of ballots after Election Day, even though results of previous elections -- including 2000 and 2016 -- were not known until after election night. Recent reporting in Axios states that he plans to declare an early victory on election night if he appears to be ahead before all the votes are counted. But who declares a victor in a U.S. presidential election? How are votes counted? How will the influx of mail-in ballots this year affect when the results will be announced? IU experts are available to answer these questions and more. For more information, contact Mary Keck at marykeck@iu.edu or 812-856-2148 or Marah Yankey at mqharbis@iu.edu or 812-856-1442.

Elizabeth Bennion

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Politics, American politics, campaigns, elections, voter turnout, political behavior, race and gender politics, civic education, civic engagement, the youth vote, Indiana state politics, Indiana General Assembly.

IU South Bend

Email: ebennion@iusb.edu

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Elizabeth Bennion is a professor of political science at Indiana University South Bend, where she teaches courses in American politics. Her research includes large-scale voter registration and mobilization field experiments in which randomized assignments are used to test the effectiveness of different mobilization techniques. (more)

Aaron Dusso

U.S. politics, voting and elections, public opinion, lobbying.

IUPUI

Email: adusso@iupui.edu

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Aaron Dusso is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Political Science in the School of Liberal Arts. His work focuses primarily on the political psychology of electoral behavior, with an emphasis on the Big Five personality traits, authoritarianism, civic aptitude and correct voting. His secondary focus is on organized interests, lobbying and influence. (more)

Marjorie Hershey

Elections, political party organizations, party identification, media coverage of elections, campaign finance.

IU Bloomington

Email: hershey@indiana.edu

Expert Bio

Marjorie Hershey has written extensively on political parties and campaigns, including the ways in which media interpret election results. She has written four books (one in its 17th edition) and several dozen articles in professional journals. Her most recent work is on party activists and also on media coverage of the Trump campaign and presidency. (more)

Sheila Kennedy

Civic engagement, courts, public policy.

IUPUI

Email: shekenne@iupui.edu

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Sheila Suess Kennedy is a professor in the Paul H. O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs and an affiliate faculty member in the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, both at IUPUI. Before coming to IUPUI in 1998, she practiced real estate, administrative and business law in Indianapolis; served as the city’s corporation counsel; and, in 1980, was the Republican candidate for Indiana's then 11th Congressional District seat. (more)

Steven Webster

Anger and politics, polarization, voting behavior, public opinion.

IU Bloomington

Email: swwebste@iu.edu

Expert Bio

Steven Webster, an assistant professor of political science at IU Bloomington, focuses his research on the role of anger in American politics. His book, "American Rage: How Anger Shapes Our Politics," was published in 2020 by Cambridge University Press. He has also written extensively on the growth of "negative partisanship" in the American electorate, as well as the growing amount of polarization between Democrats and Republicans. (more)

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