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A sign keeping campaigners at a distance in the New Hampshire presidential primary election at the Town Hall in Chichester, New Hampshire, Feb. 9, 2016. Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

19th-century political parties kidnapped reluctant voters and printed their own ballots – and that’s why we’ve got laws regulating behavior at polling places

Laws that have long kept campaigners away from voters at polling places may not work in a world where a T-shirt symbol can be interpreted as campaigning.
President Trump’s campaign rally in Tulsa, Okla. had thousands of empty seats, thanks at least in part to the actions of teenagers who mobilized on the social media platform TikTok. AP Photo/Evan Vucci

TikTok teens and the Trump campaign: How social media amplifies political activism and threatens election integrity

If teenagers organizing on social media can hamper a presidential campaign rally, how challenging is it to manipulate elections?
Protesters rally to have Colorado’s then-incoming governor put an up-to-nine-month moratorium on oil and gas development. Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images

Money talks: Big business, political strategy and corporate involvement in US state politics

Millions of dollars are spent every election by corporations that want to influence state regulations and policies, and that's likely to continue in the upcoming election.
Joe Biden’s basement bookshelf has become a familiar background for his campaign videos. Photo by JoeBiden.com via Getty Images

Amid pandemic, campaigning turns to the internet

For many years, political operatives have been perfecting their use of the internet's vast array of social media platforms, websites and digital tools.
Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign logo inspired scholars to study the role of typeface in political communication. Getty/Sebastian Willnow/DDP/AFP

Typefaces have personality – and can be political

Everything is political. And that includes typefaces, write two scholars who found that people see one group of typeface styles as liberal, another group of styles as conservative.
Seth Barnes, a staffer for Democratic presidential hopeful Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, makes calls to potential voters, Jan. 29, 2020. KEREM YUCEL/AFP via Getty Images

Iowa caucuses: It’s not just candidates who face uncertainty – it’s their campaign workers, too

What will happen to campaign workers after the Feb. 3 caucuses? It's a question that's in the cold Iowa air, carrying with it a subtle message about the state of democratic politics.
Slogans and soundbites are a key feature of Ghanaian political campaigns. Wikimedia Commons

The role played by soundbites in Ghana’s elections

Considering the competitive nature of party politics in Ghana, campaign strategies that evoke emotion and prepare voters remain one of the priorities of political parties.
Donald Trump and WWE wrestler Bobby Lashley shave the head of CEO Vince McMahon during Wrestlemania 23 in 2007. Carlos Osorio/AP Photo

Will Trump continue to pull from a pro wrestling playbook?

As a candidate, Donald Trump – whose relationship with the WWE spans nearly 30 years – emulated the bombastic style of a pro wrestler. As president, it might be doing him more harm than good.

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