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The Pew Charitable Trusts Renews Commitment to Pew's Make Voting Work Initiative


“The integrity of the voting process is essential to the health of our democracy,” said Gronke. “People have to have faith that their vote will count and that it matters."


PORTLAND, OR (June 30, 2008) -- Reed College professor of political science Paul Gronke has received $206,000 of additional support from the Pew Charitable Trusts to continue his work as a consultant to the Make Voting Work initiative. The initiative is a joint effort by Pew and the JEHT Foundation to improve the accuracy, integrity, and efficiency of the voting process in the United States.

Professor Gronke provides methodological guidance and oversight to a number of Make Voting Work projects, including studies of online poll worker training, vote centers, and new voter registration efforts. Gronke also founded and directs the Early Voting Information Center at Reed.

“The integrity of the voting process is essential to the health of our democracy,” said Gronke. “People have to have faith that their vote will count and that it matters. The Pew grant helps us to find ways to improve the process and to educate the public.” 

Enlisting the help of current Reed students and recent graduates, through the Early Voting Information Center, Gronke hosted Data for Democracy, a conference that brought together researchers who study a wide range of voting and election issues. The conference will result in a compendium of papers and reports to be shared with governmental and non-governmental agencies that work on voting accuracy and efficiency issues.

In addition, the Early Voting Information Center will help craft and administer a major new research initiative on early and non-precinct place voting. The Pew grant will support Professor Gronke during the 2008–09 academic year, as well as provide post-baccalaureate support for recent Reed graduate James Hicks and undergraduate research assistant support for Reed student Bailey Schreiber.

Gronke, a member of the Reed faculty since 2001, earned a B.A. from the University of Chicago, an M.A. from the University of Essex, and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. He is the author of The Electorate, The Campaign, and the Vote (Michigan 2000).