Today’s another statewide election in California, and of course we were out visiting polling places. This morning our team visited five polling places in LA County, including one elementary school, a public library, and three churches. And if you count my adventure this morning in my own polling place, that makes for six (I wanted to vote a different ballot than the one I received in the mail, so I had to surrender my mail ballot in order to vote in person this morning).
One of the things we were looking at, other than for the typical issues that we have often identified in the past, were how possible environmental cues in polling places might affect how people vote, in particular on ballot measures.
There have recently been two academic publications on how polling place cues might affect voting, which I wrote about earlier this morning, “Does where you vote affect how you vote?”