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Friday, March 17 • 10:30am - 11:45am
Trumping the Vote — Parmly 307

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Virginia's Voter Identification Law and the Potential Disenfranchisement of Transgender Voters (Paper)
Sarah Stovall
Over the past twenty years, Virginia’s state legislature has enacted increasingly strict voter identification laws. Prior to 1996, a Virginia voter only needed to state their full name and address in order to be qualified to vote. As of 2013, a Virginia voter must present some form of government-issued photo-identification. Critics of strict voteridentification laws argue that photo-identification requirements tend to disenfranchise minority and economically-disadvantaged voters, but less attention has been paid to the impact that photo-identification requirements have on transgender voters. This article explores whether Virginia’s photo-identification requirement creates barriers to the ballot box for transgender voters. For instance, transgender voters face increased difficulty in acquiring a valid photo-identification that accurately reflects their gender identity and transgender voters may be more likely to experience intimidation or discrimination at the polls. This article also considers the availability of legal remedies for transgender voting discrimination.

How and Why the Stock Markets Got Trumped: An Analysis of Stock Markets’ Reaction to the 2016 Presidential Election (Paper)
Edward Stroud
The 2016 election of Donald Trump as President was undoubtedly a surprise result. During the months and days leading up to the election pundits and polls picked Clinton as the ultimate victor, even while the race did begin to tighten. Stock markets also seemed inclined to support this sentiment. Yet, as it became evident the morning of November 9th, Donald Trump would become 45th President. Markets reacted strongly as this realization set in. Pre-election expectations as well as immediate post-election reactions were based off of information available to markets at the time. Markets viewed a Clinton presidency as a more favorable financial environment than a Trump presidency for a variety of reasons. However, markets have since rallied behind the Trump victory as they grasp what his presidency and its policies could mean for the economy. Thus, the efficient markets hypothesis is useful in understanding pre-election market expectations and post-election reactions.

Anatomy of a Swing State: What 2016 Means for the Future of Battleground Politics in North Carolina (Paper)
William Rhyne
This paper examines the shifting political atmosphere in North Carolina from the Jesse Helms-Jim Hunt era to the election of Donald Trump. Minted for the first time as a swing state in 2008, the paper questions North Carolina's status as a swing state following the 2016 election and offers analysis as to the future political headwinds in the state.

Diagnosing Political Ignorance and How it Contributed to the Rise of Donald Trump (Paper)
Austin Piatt
There is ample data to show that education levels had a big influence on how people voted in this election – far bigger than in the past. Though education levels are not solely indicative of political ignorance, they share similarities. It is noncontroversial amongst political thinkers to say that American citizens are politically ignorant, what is disputed is whether citizens can avail themselves of certain epistemological “shortcuts” that allow them to sufficiently inform themselves for an election. This paper will also examine whether these shortcuts suffice in informing voters. Ultimately, I argue that political ignorance played a major role in deciding how people would vote in the 2016 presidential election and, in order to fully understand this election’s results, we must critically evaluate four other considerations: the education gap, the reliability of shortcuts, the exploitation of political ignorance, and the consequences of replacing pure political ignorance with flawed voter knowledge.

Communication Technology Revolutions and their Impact on Presidential Elections
Ashley Faulkner
My paper compared communication technology revolutions and their impacts on elections. I looked at the age of television with Eisenhower and Kennedy and social media with Obama and Trump.


Friday March 17, 2017 10:30am - 11:45am
Parmly 307

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