Combating AI Deepfakes in Elections: Pilot Program

The Gary R. Herbert Institute for Public Policy and the Center for National Security Studies (CNSS) at Utah Valley University (UVU) announced a partnership with Provo start-up SureMark Digital Identity Services (SureMark™ Digital) launching a pilot project that will work to combat deepfake AI in

Combating AI Deepfakes

 

2024 Voter Guide

A go-to resource for upcoming elections, essential information, and learning more about the candidates. 

Elections Voter Guide

 

Voter Access and Ballot Security 

Dr. Kal Munis and Mikelle Dahl authored a paper that reviews Utahns’ access to the ballot and the security and counting of their ballot once their vote is cast.

January 2024

Kal Munis  - Ph.D., Asst. Professor of political science, utah valley university

Mikelle Dahl  - RESEARCH ASSISTANT

VOTER ACCESS AND BALLOT SECURITY

 

Election Results in Ranked Choice Voting and Voter Confidence 

Dr. Alan Parry authored this paper analyzing the 2022 elections and those municipalities that used ranked choice voting methods.

January 2024

Alan Parry  - Ph.D., ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, DEPARTMENT OF MATHEMATICS, UTAH VALLEY UNIVERSITY

RANKED CHOICE VOTING

 

Inactive Ballots in Single-Choice vs. Instant Runoff Voting 

Dr. Alan Parry and Rachel Hutchinson analyzed the impact of ballots that become inactive due to a voter's choice not being selected as the winning candidate.

January 2024

Rachel Hutchinson  - SENIOR POLICY ANALYST, FAIRVOTE

Alan Parry  - Ph.D., ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, DEPARTMENT OF MATHEMATICS, UTAH VALLEY UNIVERSITY

Inactive Ballots

 

Herbert Panel: Elections Security and Voter Confidence in the 2024 Election

On January 29, 2024, the Herbert Institute gathered students, faculty, and the community hear from political and voting experts who presented three whitepapers on Utah’s election integrity published in January 2024: "Inactive Ballots in Single Choice vs. Instant Runoff Voting," "Election Results in Ranked Choice Voting and Voter Confidence," and "Voter Access and Ballot Security."

The presenters reviewed Utah’s election process, including voter access and ballot security, 2022 election results in ranked choice voting contests, and addressed the issue of inactive ballots.

January 2024

American Electoral Politics is Dominated by the Rural-Urban Divide 

Over the past 30 years, there has been a significant shift in political support from rural areas towards the Republican Party while urban areas, especially larger cities, have increasingly supported the Democratic Party, creating a rural-urban divide or geographic polarization. This divide has become a defining characteristic of contemporary American politics. The relationship between population density and political affiliation has become so strong that it is hard to imagine that there was virtually no urban-rural divide in the mid-1990s. Factors contributing to this divide include a shift in the focus of political discourse from economics to social issues, differences in demographic composition and social ecology between urban and rural areas, and perceived geographic inequity between them, leading to resentment. 

February 2023

Kal Munis  - Ph.D., Asst. Professor of political science, utah valley university

Urban-Rural Divide

 

Utah's Experiment with Ranked Choice Voting: Answering the Who What & Why's

Examining the historical origins of Utah Ranked Choice Voting advocacy and implementation - Considering the future of preferential voting in Utah Elections

October 2022

Steven M. Sylvester - Ph.D., Research Director ·

Mike Erickson - Student Director, Research Assistant

Ranked Choice Voting

 

Utah Ranked Choice Voting Pilot Seminar

The Herbert Institute welcomed local, state, and national presenters to Utah Valley University to discuss Utah's experience with the Municipal Alternate Voting Methods Pilot Project, which allowed municipalities to opt into Ranked Choice Voting until 2026 to study the effectiveness of the policy. 

March 2023

The views and opinions of the presenters are their own and do not reflect the views of the Gary R. Herbert Institute for Public Policy, which remains neutral on Ranked Choice Voting.