Jack Santucci

Adjunct Professor, James Madison University; and Assistant Teaching Professor, Drexel University
Areas of Expertise:
  • Voting

About Jack

Santucci's research centers on voting systems and party politics in the United States. He has published extensively on Americans' use of ranked-choice voting and proportional representation. In his capacity as an independent contractor, Santucci prepares reports on whether and how voting-system change might improve diversity in local government.


In the News

"Past Experience Shows That Proportional Representation is Possible in the US. But There are Tradeoffs," Jack Santucci, London School of Economics USA Politics & Policy, December 21, 2016.
"Will Ranked-Choice Voting Succeed in Maine? That Depends on the Democrats," Jack Santucci, The Washington Post, October 13, 2016.
"How to Map Political Data Free-of-Charge," Jack Santucci, ElectionGuide Digest, February 15, 2013.


"Maine Ranked-Choice Voting as a Case of Electoral-System Change" Representation (2018).

Shows that the most recent, runner-up party overwhelming supplied votes to the 'yes' side . Shows elite endorsements tending to come from this party, albeit not exclusively. Highlights a drift in the mass of public opinion, such that reform partners could coordinate. 

"Evidence of a Winning-Cohesion Tradeoff under Multi-Winner Ranked-Choice Voting" Electoral Studies 52 (2018): 128-138.

Presents evidence that suggests the single transferable vote leads parties to diversify their slates, at some cost to legislative discipline. Uses roll-call data from Cincinnati (1929-57) and Worcester, Massachusetts. (1949-60).

"Party Splits, Not Progressives: The Origins of Proportional Representation in American Local Government" American Politics Research 45, no. 3 (2017): 494-526.

Documents conditions leading to the adoption (or not) of single-transferable-vote systems in 24 American cities, 1915-47.