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There is growing agreement that the argument ranked-choice voting is “too complicated” is outdated, said Todd Donovan, a political science professor at Western Washington University.  

Instead, new research focuses on how to make ballots more accessible for voters. While there are…

Assistant Professor Regina Jefferies, a faculty member of the Law, Diversity and Justice Program in Western's Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies, will moderate a Q&A on Monday, Oct. 10 as part of the Pickford Cinema's "Doctober" film festival.

Jefferies will lead the…

Early returns from this year’s midterm elections and public opinion polls point to the rising costs of goods, public safety and homelessness dominating political discussion headed into the primaries.

The outlook in Spokane mirrors that seen in urban areas across the nation, with soaring…

Washington Legislative Internship recruiters Leo O’Leary and Louis Lindstrom will be visiting Western's campus on Monday, May 16, and Tuesday, May 17, to talk to students about the 2023 WA Legislative Internship Program.  You can learn more about the program on the Washington State Legislature…

WWU junior Caitlin Bannister’s interest and research efforts into the mysteries of the nervous system have allowed her to be Western’s first behavioral neuroscience student to receive a prestigious Barry Goldwater Scholarship from the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education…

WWU student Anna Corinne Huffman has been named the 2022 Liason of the Year by the the Washington Student Association. Huffman is the director of Legislative Affairs in the Associated Students' Office of Civic Engagement. 

"I am extremely pleased to know that Washington state has taken…

This is the first time that the Social Democratic Party (SPD), the Greens, and the classically liberal Free Democratic Party (FDP) have decided to join in a so-called ‘traffic-light coalition’ at the …

On Thursday, Nov.18, from 4:30 to 5:30 EST, as part of a scholarly seminar directed by Professor David Armitage on behalf of the Folger Institute Center for the History of British Political Thought, Professors Mark Goldie and WWU Professor of Political Science Vicki Hsueh will offer an open…

WWU Associate Professor of Political Science Michael Wolff will have a cinematic debut of his film "Hot Lands: Capturing War in the Heart of Mexico" at the Pickford Film Center in downtown Bellingham at noon on Saturday, Oct. 30 as part of its annual "Doctober" film festival.  The…

“There was slightly less reported high levels of understanding in [ranked-choice voting] communities, but they were really high across the board,” says Todd Donovan, a political science professor at Western Washington University and a co-author of the study.

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