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Franz Insight on Deadlocked Election Commission Decisions in New York Times

Story posted September 27, 2009

Assistant Professor of Government Michael Franz's insight into voting patterns at the Federal Elections Commission is included in the September 27, 2009, New York Times article, "Election Commission Decisions Deadlocking on Party Lines."

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Michael Franz

Franz says in the article that he believes the Republican commissioners played a role in the increased number of deadlocks, but did not see the rise in tie votes as a sign that the commission was ineffective.

"The ideological fights between Democratic and Republican commissioners are over principles about what the law can and should do," says Franz in the piece.

"It's a reflection over questions about the scope of the law, which the courts and Congress are also dealing with."

Read the article.

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