Arrington

Theodore S. Arrington

Affiliations
Emeritus Professor of Political Science, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Areas of Expertise:
  • Voting

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About Theodore

Arrington’s expertise focuses on electoral behavior, with special emphasis on design and administration of election systems, redistricting, compliance with the Voting Rights Act, and campaigning for public office. For twelve years, he was member of the Charlotte/ Mecklenburg Board of Elections (six years as the chair). Arrington has also been an expert witness in over 40 voting rights cases, including extensive work as an expert for the U.S. Department of Justice. He has also advised local units of government on design of election systems and redistricting to enhance representation and has advised candidates for public office on election strategy. The news media – print, radio, and television – have called on his expertise for 40 years.

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Publications

"Outreach Programs and Voter Registration in North Carolina" (with Timothy D. Mead). State and Local Government Review 24, no. 3 (113): 1992.
Examines the effectiveness of local election officials in encouraging voter registration.
"When Money Doesn’t Matter: Campaign Spending for Minor Statewide Judicial and Executive Offices in North Carolina" The Justice System Journal 18, no. 3 (1996): 257-266.
Argues that campaign spending for minor offices may be irrelevant. Discusses how partisanship overwhelms personal differences between candidates and the amount of money that candidates for local office can raise is insufficient to significantly move the vote away from preexisting partisanship.
"Party Registration Choices as a Function of the Geographic Distribution of Partisanship: A Model of ‘Hidden Partisanship’ and an Illustrative Test" (with Bernard Grofman). Political Geography 18, no. 2 18, no. 2 (1999): 173-185.
Offers some contexts in which registration may be especially misleading as a predictor of partisan voting.
"Affirmative Districting and Four Decades of Redistricting: The Seats/Votes Relationship 1972-2008" Politics and Policy 38, no. 2 (2010): 223-253.
Summarizes the seats/votes relationship for the U.S. House of Representatives in the time period since the one-person-one-vote decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court.
"Redistricting in the U.S.: A Review of Scholarship and Plan for Future Research" The Forum 8, no. 2 (2010).
Describes what social scientists know about the redistricting process as of the start of redistricting following the 2010 Census.
"The Republicans’ Built-In House Advantage" Sabato’s Crystal Ball 38, no. 3 (2013).
Examines the seats/votes relationship for the U.S. House of Representatives on the national level.

In the News

Theodore S. Arrington quoted on the voter impact of redistricting plans in Robert Wilonsky, "DoJ: Texas's New Election Maps Seek to Deny Hispanics Voting Rights, Especially in DFW" Dallas Observer, October 27, 2011.
Theodore S. Arrington quoted on congressional redistricting in Gary Martin, "Sheila Jackson Lee Testifies that Texas Redistricting Plan is ‘An Outrage’" Houston Chronicle, January 23, 2012.
Theodore S. Arrington quoted on the disparity between votes and seats on U.S. politics in Sean Trende, "Gerrymandering Isn't to Blame for D.C. Impasse" Real Clear Politics, October 11, 2013.
Theodore S. Arrington quoted on the discriminatory intent behind redistricting in Enrique Rangel, "Court Arguments Begin for Texas Redistricting Fight" Amarillo Globe-News, July 14, 2014.