Public Wise
Research Philosophy

Evidence Matters

While we bring our collective experience into this work, we believe having data to back up our actions is important. Our original research complements ongoing studies being conducted by others in the field. Data informs our strategies and policy positions to ensure they align with our organizational mission.

Areas of Research


The fear of voter fraud has been a regular topic in our recent national narrative. It dominated political discussion following the last presidential election.


Public Wise conducted a series of non-voter focus groups after the 2020 election cycle in our four priority states: Arizona, Georgia, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania.


Public Wise conducted a study to understand the relationship between voting laws and voter turnout.


Intangible Barriers to Voting

In our previous post, we discussed the different structural and social barriers that keep some eligible voters from casting their ballots. However, those barriers aren’t the only thing that keep people…

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The Impacts of Gerrymandering

Gerrymandering, undoubtedly, has had a significant impact on which party has controlled state legislatures and Congress for centuries. More recently (think 2010), Republicans have done a rather impressive job of using…

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Redistricting in 2021

How the most recent set of maps could determine control of state legislatures and congress As mentioned in the first part of this series, the redistricting process occurs following reapportionment, which…

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What is Gerrymandering?

Introduction The history of redistricting, the process by which districts are drawn for federal and state office, begins in 1810. Elbridge Gerry, the governor of Massachusetts from 1810 to 1812 and…

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