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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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
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.
Describes the 2016 general election in Florida.
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.
Depicts ideas that are core to the U.S. system of governance.