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2024 Political Engagement and Violence Survey

As the 2024 election comes into view, Rainey Center conducted survey research to understand how voters are thinking about election legitimacy, protest and election security policy. We find that while Americans remain deeply divided about the legitimacy of the 2020 election, they support a range of proposals to ensure elections are conducted in a fair, secure and speedy manner. In addition, voters remain opposed to violent and dangerous protest tactics. Our findings should be a call to lawmakers to advance a bipartisan election security and legitimacy agenda.


Counties and Representation in the Wyoming Legislature

Across the United States, there is growing interest in structural reform to make our electoral system more responsive and less polarizing. But like so many other issues, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. In each of the fifty states, unique local history, culture, geography, and preferences must be taken into account. In this report from the Rainey Center, Andy Craig takes a closer look at one state in particular: Wyoming.


Policy Brief: Ensuring Candidate Safety: Examining the Need for Legislation to Protect Elected Officials and Campaign Workers

Recently, discussions about election issues have focused on topics such as electoral fairness, security, and accountability of elected officials. However, a crucial aspect that is often overlooked is the physical safety of candidates, elected officials, and the campaign workers who support them.


Free Speech on the Ballot: The Case for Fusion

In the 19th century and continuing well into the 20th, the United States saw a proliferation of political parties, many operating within a single state or region, and often achieving a substantial degree of electoral success. The most successful of these coalesced to form what is now the Republican Party.


The Role of Markets in Creating Economic Opportunity for Black Americans

Investing is fundamental to wealth building as every person is limited in the number of hours they have in a day. Without having income derived from investments it becomes increasingly difficult to move up income classes, retire, or build any wealth. Increasing market access for the Black population is vital to any plan for improvement in economic standings.