In 2019, Professor Brandon Rottinghaus launched the UH Election Lab, in which a team of undergraduate students work closely with faculty to explore the process of voting, focusing on how we vote and how elections are administered.
Current and future projects include how successful high schools are at registering eligible students, the growing frequency of recall elections, the impact of mobile polling locations, the effectiveness of countywide vote centers and turnout on college campuses.
Our team of undergraduate researchers has produced several white papers since we began. Two reports were funded by Houston in Action. Our report on the voter information content of county websites (co-authored with three undergraduates) was mentioned on Houston Public Media’s Town Square, in Reform Austin, and was the subject of a presentation in a post-election symposium at Rice on the 2020 election.
- Vote Centers in Texas
- Voting During the Pandemic
- The Loss of Straight Ticket Voting
- County Election Websites Briefing Paper
- Undoing Democracy? Recall Elections in Texas
- Recall Elections Map, 2004-2022
- “Texas High School Voter Registration Compliance” (Election Sciences, Reform, and Administration Conference 2021)