Lindsay Nielson

Researcher, Fors Marsh Group
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Lindsay Nielson is a scholar of American elections, political behavior, voter turnout and participation, and election administration. In her role at Fors Marsh Group, she leads election research projects for federal agencies including the Election Assistance Commission and the Federal Voting Assistance Program. Other research she has completed examines how voter demographics affect their likelihood of voting in elections, the role that election laws play in determining turnout and confidence in elections, and how congressional elections affect policy making. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation. She holds a PhD in political science from the University of California, San Diego, completed postdoctoral work at the University of San Diego, and taught courses at Bucknell University.


Strict Voter Identification Laws Advantage Whites – and Skew American Democracy to the Right

    Nazita Lajevardi , Lindsay Nielson

In the News

Zoltan Hajnal's research on voter suppression discussed by Andrew Gelman, "A New Controversy Erupts Over Whether Voter Identification Laws Suppress Minority Turnout," The Washington Post, June 11, 2018.
Lindsay Nielson quoted on low voter turnout rates among voters ages 18 to 24 by Emma Ginader, "Expect Fewer Millennials to Vote This Year" Daily Item, October 3, 2016.


"Political Norms and the Private Act of Voting" (with Christopher F. Karpowitz, J. Quin Monson, Kelly D. Patterson, and Steven A. Snell). Public Opinion Quarterly 75, no. 4 (2011): 659-685.

Argues that some voters have deep concerns about voter privacy that are not easily assuaged. Utilizes data from a field experiment and the 2008 Cooperative Congressional Election Study and demonstrates that those who go against their community's descriptive political norm or majority are more sensitive to issues of privacy and harder to reassure that voting conditions will safeguard the confidentiality of their choices.

"Primaries and Candidates: Examining the Influence of Primary Electorates on Candidate Ideology" (with Neil Visalvanich). Political Science Research and Methods (forthcoming).

Demonstrates that the ideology of congressional primary electorates affects the ideology of the elected nominee. Argues that extreme Republicans are more likely to win their party’s primary, but Republican and Democratic candidates are responsive to different segments of their electoral constituencies.