State Election Law and Votes for Third Parties in US House Races
The research addresses the issue of third party voting for US House seats. The theory driving the research is that election systems barriers account for the overall poor performance of third parties in the US. Specifically the research attempts to identify the association between unique state election laws and variation in statewide third party voting success. Results suggest that when states allow fusion candidacies and easier ballot access third parties fare better. The nature of the primary system, however, does not affect third party voting as hypothesized. A class of demographic considerations and other control variables are also found to be significantly associated with aggregate third party voting.
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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
College of Arts and Sciences
Arts and Sciences -- Dissertations, Academic; Dissertations, Academic -- Arts and Sciences; Elections -- United States; Third parties (United States politics)
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Honors in the Major Thesis
Hall, Nora, "State Election Law and Votes for Third Parties in US House Races" (2005). HIM 1990-2015. 505.