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Jesse Richman

Associate Professor of Political Science, Geography, and International Studies, Old Dominion University

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Reversion to the Mean and Ratings of Democratic Performance

Brightline recently released the report of their third wave of expert surveys concerning the health of U.S. democracy.   The survey report is here: http://brightlinewatch.org/blw-survey-wave3/. One of the interesting aspects of this wave of the survey is that the authors compare the results… Continue Reading →

Why I would sign the “open letter” if it were true.

Dear Signers of the Open Letter, There is an “open letter” going around that is critical of my coauthored study on non-citizen voting.  If the open letter was accurate, I would sign it too.  And so I can well imagine… Continue Reading →

Wired: Author of Trump’s Favorite Voter Fraud Study Says Everyone’s Wrong

Wired ran a piece recently which on the whole does a good job of handling the complexities of the voter fraud issue. https://www.wired.com/2017/01/author-trumps-favorite-voter-fraud-study-says-everyones-wrong/

Virginian Pilot Story: “Trump’s order for “major investigation” into voter fraud is based on misquoted ODU research”

A nice discussion of the current situation concerning the Trump Administration and my non-citizen voting study in the Virginian Pilot this morning. It begins: “If Jesse Richman could get one message to President Donald Trump, it would probably be this:… Continue Reading →

Is it plausible that non-citizen votes account for the entire margin of Trump’s popular vote loss to Clinton?

January 24, 2017. Although Press Secretary Sean Spicer claimed today that millions voted illegally in the November 2016 election, on November 28, 2016 I published the following statement indicating that our analysis does not support his claim. Since then, no… Continue Reading →

This graphic takes data from a recent report concerning the number of non-citizens removed from voting rolls in various Virginia counties because they disclosed information (apparently primarily to the DMV) that they were non-citizens.  The terminated-registration rate varies from 4.8… Continue Reading →

Some thoughts on non-citizen voting

In the last couple of days my 2014 article on non-citizen voting (coauthored with David Earnest and Gulshan Chattha) has received a great deal of attention as Donald Trump has been quoting from it  on the campaign trail.  Two important… Continue Reading →

Fund piece on non-citizen voting

Accuracy can be hard to find, particularly in the heat of a campaign season.  More recent reports contradict the headline accusation from Fund’s National Review piece that the Washington State mall killer Arcan Cetin was a non-citizen and a voter.  ICE… Continue Reading →

Will Virginia trump Trump?

In the Virginia Pilot on Friday September 30th, 2016. I begin: STATE-LEVEL AND regional polling this election season reveals an intriguing transformation. Virginia is leaning more toward Democrat Hillary Clinton than many other swing states. Indeed, the Clinton campaign pulled major… Continue Reading →

Considering a major in political science?  You interest may be spurred by the desire to understand politics, or the wish to make the world a better place, or your plans to attend law school, or by your understanding of the… Continue Reading →

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