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News Posted on June 20, 2012

Professor Elmendorf Awarded Interdisciplinary Research Grant

Professor Christopher S. Elmendorf, together with UC Davis political scientists Cheryl Boudreau and Scott MacKenzie, has been awarded an Interdisciplinary Research Grant of just under $25,000 to investigate voter decision-making in municipal elections. 

Their research will assess the extent to which voters' choices in municipal elections are influenced by policy preferences, whether racial affinities or prejudices prevent some voters from supporting the candidates who best represent their policy preferences, and whether law can foster policy-based voting by improving voter access to information on candidates' ideology.  Research will be conducted using exit polls and online surveys of voters in the 2012 San Francisco Board of Supervisors elections.

Christopher S. Elmendorf is a Professor of Law at UC Davis School of Law whose teaching and research interests include election law, administrative law, statutory interpretation, constitutional law, and property and natural resources law.