Barry Burden in Vox: Why it takes so long to get election night results

The system can seem somewhat precarious and insecure, but Burden said this is just for the initial tally — the actual paper ballots and records will be delivered securely to the county seat or state election officials after election night. “It might seem like a crazy system that a couple poll workers are driving across the county at 10 pm with a flash drive in the glove compartment,” Burden said. “But you have to remember, in most states, there’s a paper record sitting back at the polling place.”

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Lewis Friedland quoted in Politico: Fox, Sinclair vie for executive with ties to Hannity

Quoted: “If they’re interested potentially in Hannity and they’re interested in Pirro…that gives us some clue of what’s going to be on the Sinclair cable network,” said Lewis Friedland, who directs the Center for Communication and Democracy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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In WPR: Illegal immigration linked to decrease in violent crime, study says

Making a case for tighter security at the border, President Donald Trump has often linked illegal immigration with increased crime. But a new study from University of Wisconsin-Madison sociology professor Michael Light suggests people living in the country illegally are linked to a decrease in violent crime, not an increase.

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In the Cap Times: UW professor Young Mie Kim studies 'suspicious,' divisive political ads on Facebook

When UW-Madison professor Young Mie Kim and her team set out to research divisive political ads on Facebook during the 2016 election, they embarked on a first-of-its-kind study of how groups try to target and influence voters. What they found — that more than half of these ads came from "suspicious" groups with little to no identifiable information — has led Kim to spend six months at the Washington, D.C.-based Campaign Legal Center, where she will research and advocate federal solutions to the issue of digital political advertising. 

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In Fueling Discovery: Listening to Wisconsinites illuminates public opinion

Professor Katherine Cramer from the Department of Political Science writes about her research, which seeks to understand why people hold the political opinions they do. 

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In Fueling Discovery: Empowering people to break the prejudice habit

Professor Patricia Devine from the Department of Psychology writes about her research, which focuses on how people manage challenges associated with prejudice in society. 

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In the Cap Times: With 'cult narrative' on the rise, professor argues for nuanced look at religious movements

The talk — “The Cult Narrative and the Branch Davidians" — was a product of a joint effort between the university's Religious Studies Program and School of Journalism and Mass Communication to help journalists better cover religious subjects. It’s the product of a two-year grant given to Susan Ridgely and Michael Wagner, associate professors.

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Students help capture campus protest voices from 50 years ago through public history project

UW–Madison students who helped collect and process audio interviews about the 1967 Dow protests on campus say they learned some valuable lessons from the accounts.

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In The Atlantic: Will Starbucks' implicit bias training work?

One training, developed by Patricia Devine and colleagues at the Prejudice and Intergroup Relations Lab at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, looks at bias as a habit that can be broken. Their approach consists of a couple of hours of modules based on what the researchers see as three essential elements of an antibias intervention: awareness of the problem, motivation to do something about it, and strategies for what to do.

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