Continuing Evidence of Discrimination Among Local Election Officials

49 Pages Posted: 21 Dec 2017  

D. Alex Hughes

University of California, Berkeley

Micah Gell-Redman

University of Georgia

Charles Crabtree

University of Michigan - Political Science, Students

Natarajan Krishnaswami

University of California, Berkeley - School of Information

Diana Rodenberger

University of California, Berkeley - School of Information

Guillermo Monge

University of California, Berkeley - School of Information

Date Written: September 13, 2017

Abstract

Results of an audit study conducted during the 2016 election cycle demonstrate that the bias toward Latinos observed during the 2012 election has persisted. In addition to replicating previous results, we show that Arabs face an even greater barrier to communicating with local election officials. Our study did not produce evidence of discrimination against blacks, a finding that echoes the results of other recent studies. We examine one explanation for the high level of discrimination against Arabs, that bureaucrats are politically responsive. Our findings support this explanation. In geographies that cast more votes for the Republican candidate, discrimination against Arab names was stronger.

Keywords: electoral representation, participation, field experiment

Suggested Citation

Hughes, D. Alex and Gell-Redman, Micah and Crabtree, Charles and Krishnaswami, Natarajan and Rodenberger, Diana and Monge, Guillermo, Continuing Evidence of Discrimination Among Local Election Officials (September 13, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3089893

D. Alex Hughes (Contact Author)

University of California, Berkeley ( email )

310 Barrows Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720
United States

HOME PAGE: http://d-alex-hughes.github.io

Micah Gell-Redman

University of Georgia ( email )

Athens, GA 30602-6254
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.micahgellredman.com/

Charles Crabtree

University of Michigan - Political Science, Students ( email )

Ann Arbor, MI 48109
United States

Natarajan Krishnaswami

University of California, Berkeley - School of Information

102 South Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-4600
United States

Diana Rodenberger

University of California, Berkeley - School of Information

102 South Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-4600
United States

Guillermo Monge

University of California, Berkeley - School of Information

102 South Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-4600
United States

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