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Eric McGhee
Eric McGhee
Senior Fellow

Political participation, electoral reform

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Eric McGhee is a senior fellow at PPIC, where he focuses on elections, legislative behavior, political reform, and surveys and polling. His research on elections and electoral reform has appeared in numerous academic journals, and his work has been profiled on National Public Radio, the Washington Post, the New York Times, and The Economist. He is the creator of the “efficiency gap”—a widely used measure of gerrymandering—and coauthor of a legal test based on the measure that has been presented before the US Supreme Court in recent high-profile litigation. He is an occasional contributor to the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog on politics. Before joining PPIC, he was assistant professor of political science at the University of Oregon and served as a congressional fellow through the American Political Science Association. He holds a PhD in political science from the University of California, Berkeley.

curriculum vitae

Vote-by-Mail and Voter Turnout in the Pandemic Election
California’s Population
How Greater Vote-by-Mail Influences California Voter Turnout
Implementing Automated Voter Registration in California
Counting California: Challenges for the 2020 Census
California’s Political Geography 2020
California’s Future: Political Landscape
The 2020 Census and Political Representation in California
Political Reform and Moderation in California’s Legislature: Did Electoral Reforms Make State Representatives More Moderate?
Assessing California’s Redistricting Commission: Effects on Partisan Fairness and Competitiveness
California’s Missing Voters: Who Is Not Voting and Why
What to Expect from California’s New Motor Voter Law
Putting California’s Voter Turnout in Context
California’s Political Reforms: A Brief History
California’s June 3 Primary Election
Voter Turnout in Primary Elections
Party Registration in California
Expanding California’s Electorate: Will Recent Reforms Increase Voter Turnout?
Parcel Taxes for Education in California
California’s New Electoral Reforms: The Fall Election
Test-driving California’s Election Reforms
California’s New Electoral Reforms: How Did They Work?
California’s 2011 Redistricting: Challenges and Controversy
California’s 2011 Redistricting: The Commission’s Final Plans
California’s 2011 Redistricting: The Preliminary Plan
Open Primaries
Redistricting and Legislative Partisanship
Legislative Reform
California’s Politically Invisible
California’s New Baby Bust
Improving California’s Automatic Voter Registration
California’s Stalled Population Growth
Comprehensive Immigration Reform Could Diversify California’s Electorate
Census Delays Complicate California’s Election Process
Voting Problems in March May Have Discouraged Some LA Voters
Did COVID-19 Disrupt California’s Voter Registration Surge?
California’s Census Response Is Strong, but Concerns Remain
How Different Would California’s Elections Be If 17-Year-Olds Could Vote?
Shorter Timeline Threatens Census Count
Census Responses Lagging during COVID-19
Special Elections Preview Fall Voting during COVID-19
California’s Quick Response to COVID-19 Likely Saved Lives
Will Mail-in Ballots Benefit One Party?
COVID-19 Will Make California Elections Challenging but Doable
COVID-19 and California’s Census Count
California’s Population Slowdown
How Did California’s Voter Registration Rate Get So High?
Predicting California’s Economic Health
Interview: Citizenship and the 2020 Census
The Citizen’s Redistricting Commission: Open for Business
New Term Limits Add Stability to the State Legislature
How Strong Is the Trump Effect in California?
Is California Turning Even Bluer?
Video: 2020 Census: Why Is the Citizenship Question Such a Big Deal?
Will California’s Red Districts Turn Blue in November?
Commentary: California’s Top-Two Primary, Explained
Partisan Gerrymandering and the Role of Social Science in the Courts
Testimony: Who Votes, Who Doesn’t, and Why
The Turnout Turnaround
The Top-Two System and Election 2016
Commentary: New Law Could Change California’s Electorate
A Turnaround for Voter Turnout?
Assessing the Top Two Primary
Voter Registration: Not Quite Automatic Yet
Commentary: California Leads in Voting Reform
Three Myths about Gerrymandering
Testimony: Four Important Questions about Voting in California
The Special Election and the Top-Two Primary
Can Preregistering Teens Boost Voter Turnout?
A Move to Raise Turnout in LA
Are Some Counties Bucking the Low-Turnout Trend?
California’s Voter Turnout Problem
The Election Was Hard on California Democrats, Too
Three Lessons About California’s Election Reforms
Improving the Vote-by-Mail System
The Vanishing Line-Item Veto
Is the Top-Two Primary to Blame for Low Turnout?
Quirks of the Top-Two Primary
Electoral Reforms Face New Test
The Power of the Primary Voter
Rebooting California’s Congressional Delegation
California’s Quietest Reform
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