Kimball

David C. Kimball

Professor of Political Science, University of Missouri-St. Louis
Areas of Expertise:
  • Voting

About David

Kimball studies elections and interest group lobbying in the United States. His election research examines election administration and the impact of election laws and institutions on voters. His interest group research examines the impact of lobbying on public policy and the political agenda. He has worked with the Brennan Center for Justice on a series of reports promoting better designed ballots and other election materials. He has served as an expert witness in several court cases involving voting rights. He worked with FairVote to produce a report for the Justice Department on the use of cumulative voting in Port Chester, New York. Finally, Kimball helped draw new district boundaries for the St. Louis County Council in 2012.

Podcast

Publications

"Effects of Online Voter Registration," (with Joseph Anthony), Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting, April 2016.
"Social Group Polarization from the 1980s to 2012," (with Joseph Anthony), American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, September 2016.
"Ranked Choice Voting: A Different Way of Casting and Counting Votes," Election Rules and Reform, forthcoming, 2017.
"Ranked Choice Voting: A Different Way of Casting and Counting Votes," (with Joseph Anthony), American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, September 2016.
"The Long and Short of It: The Unpredictability of Late Deciding Voters" (with Janet Box-Steffensmeier, Micah Dillard, and William Massengill). Electoral Studies 39 (2015).
Examines the long- and short-campaign forces and their effects on the error variance in models of presidential voting decisions.
Lobbying and Policy Change: Who Wins, Who Loses, and Why (with Frank Baumgartner, Jeff Berry, Marie Hojnacki, and Beth Leech) (University of Chicago Press, 2009).
Presents a large-scale study of interest group lobbying in Washington and argues that the advantages of entrenched interests in Washington produce a strong bias in favor of existing policies. As a result, lobbying resources are at best a weak predictor of changes in public policy.
"Who Cares about the Lobbying Agenda?" (with Frank Baumgartner, Jeff Berry, Marie Hojnack, Beth Leech, and Bryce Summary). Interest Groups & Advocacy 1, no. 1 (2012): 5-25.
Shows how the issues pursued by interest group lobbyists in Washington bear little resemblance to the issues the public cares about most.
Helping America Vote: The Limits of Election Reform (with Martha Kropf) (Routledge, 2012).
Gives an assessment of efforts to improve the administration of elections in the United States over the last decade. While the adoption of new voting equipment has reduced voting errors, many other problems remain unaddressed.
"Better Design, Better Elections," (with Lawrence Norden and Whitney Quesenbery), Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law School, June 30, 2012.
Shows how poorly designed election materials contribute to the loss of hundreds of thousands of votes in national elections. The report describes several simple design improvements that election officials can make.
"Are All Jurisdictions Equal? Size Disparity in Election Administration" (with Brady Baybeck). Election Law Journal 12, no. 2 (2013).
Details how thousands of local governments are responsible for administering elections in the United States. There are substantial differences in the way local jurisdictions administer elections, and most voting problems occur disproportionately in a relatively small number of heavily populated cities and counties.

In the News

David C. Kimball quoted in Summer Ballentine, "Indicted Missouri Governor Goes after Top Prosecutor" WPXI-TV, March 2, 2018.
David C. Kimball quoted in Summer Ballentine, "Indicted Missouri Governor Goes into Attack Mode on Top Prosecutor" Chicago Tribune, March 2, 2018.
David C. Kimball quoted in Jeremy Kohler, "County Office Complex in St. Ann Costs Taxpayers, but Fills Stenger's Campaign Coffers" St. Louis Post-Dispatch, February 5, 2018.
David C. Kimball quoted in Alan Greenblatt , "Ill-Prepared and Underfunded, Election Officials Brace for More Cyberattacks" Governing, February 14, 2018.
David C. Kimball quoted in Matt Sczesny, "What's Next for Governor Greitens" KMOV, January 12, 2018.
"Who Believes in Voter Fraud? Americans Who are Hostile to Immigrants," David C. Kimball (with Adriano Udani), Monkey Cage, The Washington Post, February 1, 2017.
David C. Kimball quoted on ticket splitting in Jeff Stein, "Ticket Splitting is Dead. National Parties are Now Everything." Vox, November 17, 2016.
David C. Kimball quoted on ranked-choice voting in Henry Grabar, "Maine Just Voted for a Better Way to Vote" Slate, November 9, 2016.
David C. Kimball quoted on anti-Washington sentiment in Jim Salter, "Missouri Senate Race Not Strange This Time, Just Competitive" U.S. News & World Report, October 14, 2016.
Guest to discuss shifting swing states on KMOV, David C. Kimball, October 3, 2016.
"Replace the Photo ID Requirement with More Effective Election Reforms," David C. Kimball, Columbia Tribune, October 16, 2016.
David C. Kimball quoted on voter fraud in Celeste Bott, "After Alleged Absentee Voter Fraud in St. Louis, Politicians and Experts Sound Off on Who's to Blame" St. Louis Post-Dispatch, September 5, 2016.
David C. Kimball quoted on the Democratic fiscal debate in Chuck Raasch, "Federal Spending in Missouri Equivalent of More than a Fifth of Economy" St. Louis Post-Dispatch, March 28, 2016.
David C. Kimball quoted on election 2016 in Jesse Bogan, "Sen. McCaskill Backs Hillary Clinton, Says Sanders Can't Build Consensus" St. Louis Post-Dispatch, February 17, 2016.
"Breaking the Low-Turnout/Inattentive Government Cycle," David C. Kimball, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, September 15, 2015.
"Responding to Ferguson: What Works, What Doesn’t," David C. Kimball, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, September 15, 2015.
David C. Kimball quoted on the cost of putting campaign-finance initiatives on the ballot in Jason Rosenbaum and Jo Mannies, "On the Trail: Why Missouri's No-Limit Campaign Contribution Culture May be Here to Stay" St. Louis Public Radio, June 7, 2015.
David C. Kimball quoted on unusual activity in Missouri's state legislature in Summer Ballentine, "Months of Work by Missouri Lawmakers End in Chaos" Springfield News-Leader, May 16, 2015.
David C. Kimball quoted on expanding gun rights in cities in Summer Ballentine, "Tensions Flare as Missouri GOP Brings Gun Debate to Cities" Belleville News-Democrat, April 5, 2015.
David C. Kimball quoted on the county executive debate in Jo Mannies, "In Debate, Stenger Takes Aim at Stream's Record" St. Louis Public Radio, October 14, 2014.
David C. Kimball quoted on Ferguson's city council elections in Alistair Bell, "Can Ferguson's Black Leaders Gain Power Next April?" Reuters, November 10, 2014.
David C. Kimball quoted on voting access in Samantha Lachman, "Believe It or Not, the Election Had Good News for Voting Rights" Huffington Post, November 5, 2014.
David C. Kimball quoted on political shifts in Alistair Bell, "Why Tensions in Ferguson May Help Republican in a Local Vote" Reuters, November 3, 2014.
David C. Kimball's research on Missouri's constitutional amendments discussed in Jason RosenbaumDavid C. Kimball, "Why Missourians Keep on Amending State Constitution," St. Louis Public Radio, October 29, 2014.
David C. Kimball quoted on Missouri's gubernatorial election in Summer Ballentine, "Missouri GOP Veto-Proof Majority in Voters' Hands" St. Louis Post-Dispatch, October 26, 2014.
David C. Kimball quoted on voting patterns in MO in Monica Davey, "Getting Ferguson Majority to Show Its Clout at Polls" New York Times, August 30, 2014.
"Did Missouri Conservatives Just Peak?," David C. Kimball (with David Brian Robertson), St. Louis Public Radio, May 9, 2014.
"The Ohio Ballot Experiment of 2008," David C. Kimball, Election [email protected], October 29, 2008.
"Photo ID is Not Needed for Elections," David C. Kimball, St. Louis Beacon, November 12, 2012.