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Princeton Analysis Rewrites Utah Party-Switching Narrative

HB 197, being considered by the Utah Senate, would significantly alter the state's election code to make it difficult for voters to change their party affiliation. But is it a solution in search of a problem? Our research says yes. 

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Salt Lake City Tribune article: 
https://www.sltrib.com/news/politics/2021/02/23/party-raiding-by/

Salt Lake City Tribune editorial:
https://www.sltrib.com/opinion/editorial/2021/02/23/tribune-editorial-urge/

Utah Policy Forum:
https://utahpolicy.com/index.php/features/today-at-utah-policy/26413-did-lots-of-democrats-change-party-affiliation-a-princeton-study-says-no 

KUER:
https://www.kuer.org/podcast/news-briefs/2021-02-23/pm-news-brief-mask-mandate-extended-dixie-state-students-childcare-costs

Salt Lake City Tribune article: 
https://www.sltrib.com/news/politics/2021/02/26/utah-senate-votes-support/

The Electoral Innovation Lab focuses on the science behind democracy reform—including work that promotes fair redistricting, helps reform partisan primaries, and supports making the voting process more voter-centric. Drawing on resources from the Princeton Gerrymandering Project, Princeton Election Consortium, and the Open Primaries Education Fund, the Lab uses data science, math, law, and public policy to produce empirical research, promote analytical tools, and host interdisciplinary conversations to illuminate practical and innovative approaches to political reform. Specific project areas include technical and scholarly electoral reform research, state redistricting guides and electoral commission training guides, technical and legal analysis of legislative reform proposals, electoral issues and trend reports, data tools for electoral researchers, expert testimony, and advisory support. 

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