October 1, 2016

Featured Speaker | Youth Grants | Public Affairs Speaker |  Resources

Featured Speaker

Charles Franklin

The 2016 Elections in Wisconsin and the Nation

Charles Franklin is professor of Law and Public Policy at Marquette University Law School, where he directs the Marquette Law School Poll. The Marquette Law School poll is widely cited as one of the most reliable polls in the nation. Since it began in 2012, the poll has been cited in over 10,000 news articles and more than 25 hours of television news coverage. In 2005, Franklin co-founded pollster.com, an award-winning website for the analysis of polling data. The site received the “Innovators Award” in 2006 from the American Association for Public Opinion Research, was featured in New York Times Magazine’s “Year in Ideas” of 2007, was cited by graphics author Edward Tufte for best visualization of the 2008 election and by Time magazine as one of the 50 Best Websites in 2008. In 2010 the Huffington Post acquired pollster.com. Franklin was Professor of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for 22 years before leaving to join the Marquette Law School. He is past president of the Society for Political Methodology and an elected Fellow of the Society. He is also a recipient, along with his wife and co-author Liane Kosaki, of the “Lasting Contribution Award” of the American Political Science Association Law and Politics section. Since 2002, he has been a member of the ABC News election night Decision Desk.

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Charles Franklin gave a very informative and thoughtful presentation about how party loyalty and candidate popularity have polarized in recent years, and many other topics

Youth Grants

Applications for Youth Grant awards are accepted throughout the season. Please see our Youth Grants page for application and deadline information.

Public Affairs Speaker

Mary Anglim 

Membership Director, League of Women Voters of Dane County  

Mary Anglim joined the League of Women Voters of Dane County in 2009 and became a board member and Membership Chair in 2014. In the last few years, the board has devoted much of its time to understanding and educating citizens about the legislative changes to our voting process . Mary’s other volunteer experience includes housing counseling at the Tenant Resource Center, participation on the East Side Water Supply Project Citizen Advisory Panel, board member and acting treasurer of the East Isthmus Neighborhoods Planning Council/Eastside Planning Council, and member of MOSES, the Madison chapter of a state-wide coalition dedicated to social justice issues. Mary’s career includes work in several state agencies. After graduate work at the University of Iowa and the University of Michigan, she taught European history for several years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After a decade in the UW Library System, she moved to the Wisconsin Department of Employee Trust Funds, where she worked in both participant counseling and policy analysis in its insurance and retirement programs. She spent the last eight years of her career as the manager of the voluntary 403(b) retirement program at the UW System.


Thanks to the Madison Public Library for compiling this list of resources for those who would like to read more on this topic. 

Berman, Ari. Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015. 

Fowler, Robert Booth. Wisconsin Votes: An Electoral History. Madison, Wis.: The University of Wisconsin Press, 2008. 

Lawless, Jennifer L. and Richard Logan Fox. Running from Office: Why Young Americans are Turned Off to Politics. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015. 

Panagopoulos, Costas and Aaron C. Weinschenk. A Citizen’s Guide to U.S. Elections: Empowering Democracy in America. New York: Routledge, 2016. 

Potter, Wendell and Nick Penniman. Nation on the Take: How Big Money Corrupts Our Democracy and What We Can Do about It. New York: BloomsburyUSA, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing, Plc, 2016.

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