Bryce Freeman

 Bryce Freeman
Mentor: Dr. Daniel Smith
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
"I got involved with research because I was looking for a bigger challenge than what I was getting out of my classes. I see the University Scholars Program as a great capstone to what I have learned throughout my undergraduate career and an opportunity to contribute to the understanding of some of the most important issues in politics today."


Political Science; Economics



Research Interests

  • State and Private Actions - Influence on Political Behavior
  • Education Inequity

Academic Awards

  • UF University Scholars Program
  • Reitz Scholar
  • Political Science Junior Fellow
  • Bob Graham Center for Public Service Civic Scholar


  • Freshman Leadership Council
  • Young Leaders Conference


  • Gator Teens
  • Florida Alternative Breaks

Hobbies and Interests

  • Traveling
  • Economics
  • Politics
  • Education

Research Description

Impact of Voter Challenges and Purges on Electoral Participation
In the months leading up to the 2012 election, the state of Florida identified thousands of individuals as "suspected non-citizens" who might be ineligible to vote. At the same time, private organizations such as True the Vote took advantage of voter challenge laws to challenge the eligibility of individuals to vote, forcing many of them to cast provisional ballots. Oftentimes, those who are the targets of either challenges or purges are entirely eligible and were targeted due to suspect methodology. This research seeks to explain how individuals respond when they are the targets of these challenges. Will voters see their right to vote as being taken away and respond with higher rates of voter participation? Or will they be intimidated and acquiesce? Additionally, is there a difference when you are the target of a state sponsored purge versus a private challenge?