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The Pew Charitable Trusts Contracts Paul Gronke as a Policy Adviser


Since its inception in 2005, the Early Voting Center has brought to the college more than $450,000 in external support. 


Portland, Ore (October 1, 2009)--Reed College professor of political science Paul Gronke has been hired to consult with Pew Charitable Trusts through August 2010 on ways to improve the conduct of elections in the United States. He will also generate ideas to improve the quality, academic rigor, and methodological validity of Pew’s external and internal research. The grant totals $130, 290.

As part of his yearlong contract with Pew, Gronke will organize an academic conference on early voting to be held in October 2009 at Reed College. Leading academics and policy experts will be invited to the Reed campus to present their research on election issues and election administration.  “This will be the first time that scholars, advocates, and elections officials concerned with early voting will be brought together to discuss this emerging trend in American elections,” said Gronke.   “It’s a great honor for Reed and the Early Voting Information Center to host this event.”

The Pew Grant provides additional funding for student research assistants. The selected Reed students will provide Gronke with basic research assistance, to help plan and coordinate the academic conference, and assemble policy recommendations drawn from the event.

A third component of the Pew grant is additional funding for an undergraduate research intern for the summer 2010, to help Gronke update the Data for Democracy compendium, and bring together measures and metrics for the elections performance project.

Since its inception in 2005, the Early Voting Center has brought to the college more than $450,000 in external support. 

For more information on Pew Charitable Trusts, visit: www.pewtrusts.org

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