Campaign rally on Bascom Hill on October 3, 2012.

Welcome to the Elections Research Center

The Elections Research Center fosters cutting edge academic analysis of national and state elections to further the scholarly understanding of factors that influence voter decision-making and election outcomes. It continues a long tradition of excellence in elections-related study at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

1984 county map

County voting patterns in the 1984 presidential election.

The Center supports a variety of activities including graduate student summer research, faculty travel, media analysis, teaching materials, and a biennial symposium to showcase new research following each federal election.

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gender gap graph

A graph showing the rise of the "gender gap" in presidential voting.

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The Elections Research Center is supported in part by the Lyons Family Chair in Electoral Politics. Thanks to the generosity of an alumni donor, donations made in 2015 and 2016 will be matched to double their value!

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