Thessalia Merivaki

Assistant Professor of American Politics, Mississippi State University
Chapter Member: Mississippi SSN
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Merivaki's research focuses on the empirical assessment of election reforms on the administration of elections across the American states. Her research agenda is situated within the growing field of Election Sciences, which includes the study of election reforms, election administration, as well as election data accessibility and transparency. Merivaki is interested in the impact of election reforms on local election administration, as well as the impact on local election administration on equal access to the voting process.

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"Building Civic Engagement Capacity From The Ground: Voter Registration On College Campuses," Thessalia Merivaki, Civic Nation BrandVoice, Forbes, November 4, 2019.
Thessalia Merivaki's research on provisional ballots discussed by Matt Vasilogambros, "Provisional Ballots Protect Voting Rights — When They Are Counted," Huffington Post, November 16, 2018.
"Managing Voter Registration Lists the Hybrid Way: The Case of Mississippi," Thessalia Merivaki (with Sean Conner), MIT Election Data and Science Lab, July 26, 2018.
"Who Votes Provisionally and Why? A Look at North Carolina’s 2016 General Election," Thessalia Merivaki (with Daniel A. Smith), MIT Election Data and Science Lab, May 2, 2018.
"The Big Cost of Using Big Data in Elections," Thessalia Merivaki (with Michael McDonald and Peter Licari), The Washington Post, October 18, 2015.


"Access Denied? Assessing Voter Registration Rejections in Florida" State Politics and Policy Quarterly (2018).

Investigates the rejection rates of voter registration applications submitted in Florida during the 2012 election cycle. Analyzing monthly voter registration statistics across Florida’s 67 counties, this study finds that institutional and seasonal factors affect the successful processing of voter registration applications

"Casting and Verifying Provisional Ballots in Florida" (with Daniel A. Smith). Social Science Quarterly 97, no. 3 (2016).

Suggests that voter registration maintenance issues in a county affect the number of provisional ballots cast and rejected. Finds that counties with greater numbers of voters who register after the registration cutoff date prior to a general election (and who are thus ineligible to vote) tend to have greater numbers of provisional ballots cast and rejected.

"Rigged? Assessing Election Administration in Florida's 2016 General Election" (with Daniel A. Smith, Brian Amos, Carl Klarner, Daniel Maxwell, and Tyler Richards), in The 2016 Presidential Election in Florida: Ground Zero for America's New Political Revolution, edited by Matthew Corrigan and Mike Binder (University Press of Florida, forthcoming).

Describes the 2016 general election in Florida.

"Voter Turnout in Presidential Nominating Contests" (with Michael P. McDonald). The Forum 13, no. 4 (2015): 597-622.

Examines the 2008 American National Election Panel Study and finds that primary voters are more ideologically extreme than general election voters, but there is little difference between voters in closed and open primary states. Suggests primary type has little effect on the ideological composition of the electorate because modern nomination contests are low turnout elections that draw only the most politically interested.

"Initiative, Referendum, and Recall" in American Governance, Volume 3, edited by Stephen L. Schechter (Macmillan, 2016), 71-76.

Depicts ideas that are core to the U.S. system of governance.