Casey Ste Claire

Mentor: Dr. Daniel Smith
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
 
"I'm motivated to get my PhD in economics or political science once I graduate from UF, so the research I'm doing directly applies. Working in political science has often-overlooked implications in the real world, such as voter disenfranchisement and other civil rights issues. If this research yields the results we are predicting, certain demographic groups will have less opportunities to vote in elections. Finally, human behavior is the hardest thing to measure and predict-- I'd like to take a shot at it, both now and in the future."

Major

Political Science and Economics

Minor

Statistics

Research Interests

  • American Politics
  • Research Methodology
  • Public Opinion

Academic Awards

  • Dean's List, 2013-
  • Junior Fellow in Political Science, Fall 2014
  • University Scholar, 2015-2016

Organizations

  • UF Habitat for Humanity
  • Florida Political Review
  • UF College Democrats

Volunteer

  • Habitat for Humanity
  • K9s for Warriors

Hobbies and Interests

  • Exercising
  • Writing
  • Reading
  • Looking up silly things on the Internet

Research Description

The Effects and Implications of Reprecincting
Every decade, after the census is completed, a process known as redistricting occurs at the state level in which voting districts are redrawn. Most state laws have standards for redistricting that match population data, but some districts are redrawn unfairly to promote or strike down a political party or demographic group. Our research takes this process one step further, at the individual precinct level. We are looking at whether the precincts that get reassigned or selected have negative ramifications for voters in elections. In an extreme case, consider a voting citizen that works overtime every week. On election day, he used to vote at the church across the street, so she could vote quickly and without hassle. What if, due to "reprecincting", the citizen's precinct was now moved seven blocks away and could only be accessed by bus? Indirectly, the citizen's likelihood of voting decreases. And we are trying to identify and measure this effect.