Frances Chapman

Mentor: Dr. Daniel Smith
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
"My studies in the UF Department of Political Science have introduced me to a broad spectrum of political knowledge; however, I have found that my applied experiences of this information allow a new dimension to my studies. The opportunity to research offers the ability to explore what I have learned at the university in a deeper and more fulfilling way, concentrating on a more narrow area of study than what is offered in the classroom. I became involved in research to delve into my interest in voting protections in a focused academic context."


Political Science


Arabic Language and Literature

Research Interests

  • Voter Suppression
  • Non-state actors and voting
  • Norms of voting

Academic Awards

  • Reubin Askew Scholar, 2014
  • Wentworth Scholar, 2013
  • Knight Fellow Associate, 2014
  • Political Science Junior Fellow, 2014


  • UF International Review
  • The Political Voice
  • UF College Democrats


  • Westwood Middle School Mentoring
  • Gator Plunge

Hobbies and Interests

  • Politics
  • Current Events
  • Cycling
  • Reading

Research Description

Non-State Actors And Voter Suppression: Normative Implications
The United States government frequently outsources its responsibilities to non-state actors, such as citizen patrols and state Bar Associations. This pattern extends to election monitoring, where many states allow private citizens to challenge the voting eligibility of their peers. Although “frivolous” challenges to voting eligibility by citizens will result in a misdemeanor in Florida and other states, there are few, if any, recorded incidents of convictions for unnecessary challenges. On the contrary, state governments have frequently been under scrutiny by the public for what is considered unnecessary challenges to voter eligibility, such as the 2012 voter purges. This project seeks to explore the questions does outsourcing state activities to private citizens reduce scrutiny and responsibility? Does this pattern encourage voter suppression? If the responsibilities of states are treated differently when outsourced to private citizens, what are the normative implications?