LeRoy Collins Institute

Developing and promoting bold, visionary public policy that will empower and uplift Floridians for generations to come.

Established in 1988, the LeRoy Collins Institute is a nonpartisan, statewide policy organization that studies and promotes creative solutions to key private and public issues facing the people of Florida and the nation. The Institute, located in Tallahassee at Florida State University, is affiliated and works in collaboration with the State University System of Florida. Named in honor of former Fl

Florida voters trust local elections, worry about state and national integrity, study finds 06/07/2024

Our recent study revealed that election integrity remains a concern for Floridians. Dive into additional insights about voter confidence and fraud prevention, and what they could mean for future elections.

Florida voters trust local elections, worry about state and national integrity, study finds A study conducted by the LeRoy Collins Institute at Florida State University found high voter confidence in local elections in Florida, but concerns about election integrity at the state and nation…

Election '24: FSU study paints statistical picture of Florida politics' new normal 06/05/2024

“In preparation for this year’s election, the LeRoy Collins Institute at Florida State University has completed a deep dive into the 2022 election to draw up a kind of painting by numbers of the Florida voter.” 🖌️

Read the key findings and what they show about partisan affiliations in the Sunshine State ⬇️

Election '24: FSU study paints statistical picture of Florida politics' new normal The data gleaned from an online survey of 14,000 registered voters identify who votes, how they vote and whether they trust the outcome.

Takeaways from Tallahassee — What's past is prologue … maybe 06/03/2024

“We are coming up on another pivotal election, and these are important findings that will help us better predict what might happen this fall … Having benchmarks from both 2020 and 2022 will allow us to put 2024 in context.”

Takeaways from Tallahassee — What's past is prologue … maybe 'Having benchmarks from both 2020 and 2022 will allow us to put 2024 in context.'

05/31/2024

Since 2000, the share of eligible voters casting ballots has grown rapidly among Floridians, especially during presidential elections. Get more insights by reading the study:https://lci.fsu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/24-LCI-FES-Report-V8.pdf

Shining new light on Florida voters’ views | Editorial 05/30/2024

We recently released a comprehensive study of the 2022 Florida election, shedding light on voter behavior and trust. As this year’s balloting nears, these findings are crucial for better predicting future elections. Learn more ⬇️

Shining new light on Florida voters’ views | Editorial An FSU think tank’s survey of voters’ attitudes about voting sheds new light on the voting experience.

05/30/2024

Absentee ballot tracking reflects voters’ growing demand for transparency and reliability in the electoral process. See what other insights the 2022 New Mexico Election Study unveils:https://lci.fsu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/NMES_2022_Final-Report-1.pdf

05/28/2024

When elections are close and so much is at stake, concerns about election integrity and voter access take center stage. While both are essential to a healthy election system, most Florida voters say election integrity is a higher priority.

Get more election insights:https://lci.fsu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/24-LCI-FES-Report-V8.pdf

05/24/2024

Polling organizations have recently missed the mark regarding predictions about elections. Now they’re taking steps to course-correct by identifying the oversights and accounting for other variables. See what LCI Director Dr. Lonna Atkeson had to say about it. ⬇️

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05/23/2024

Curious about voter turnout, partisanship, and the demographic characteristics of Florida voters as we undergo this historic 2024 election cycle? Read our 2022 Florida Election Study to learn more:https://lci.fsu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/24-LCI-FES-Report-V8.pdf

05/21/2024

The high level of voter confidence in New Mexico sheds light on the effectiveness of the state’s election security measures. Dive into the data on voter confidence by reading our 2022 New Mexico Election Study:https://lci.fsu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/NMES_2022_Final-Report-1.pdf

05/15/2024

The 2022 New Mexico Election Study spotlights the impact of same-day registration on New Mexico's electoral process. Learn how this initiative helped foster greater inclusivity and civic engagement:https://lci.fsu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/NMES_2022_Final-Report-1.pdf

2022 New Mexico Election Study reveals key insights on voting patterns 05/10/2024

The 2022 New Mexico Election Study explored a record-breaking turnout, with the largest midterm voter participation since 2002. Discover what drove citizens to the polls in that pivotal election cycle ⬇️

2022 New Mexico Election Study reveals key insights on voting patterns The newly released New Mexico Election Study (NMES) reveals a successful general election in 2022, meaning the election was run well with strong security to protect the system against fraud, while also having many opportunities to ensure voter...

04/29/2024

The 2022 New Mexico Election Study is out with all kinds of great facts about the 2022 election. Voter confidence is high, turnout is up, what’s next for 2024?

Read our key findings:https://lci.fsu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/NMES_2022_Final-Report-1.pdf

03/27/2024

We’re thrilled to announce that Director Dr. Lonna Atkeson has been awarded a research grant as part of Public Agenda’s inaugural Democracy Renewal Project! This project is focused on achieving full access to electoral participation and enhancing trust in elections. 🗳️

02/29/2024

As we prepare for another election season, it’s crucial that voters feel confident in our voting systems. Last year, we launched our pilot postelection audit and ballot image project to promote election transparency. Take some time to review the data, look at the ballots and better understand our election processes: https://2022voterdata.lci.fsu.edu/

02/26/2024

We want the public to feel confident and secure about the election process. That’s why we conducted a thorough postelection ballot audit, which showed that our elections are overwhelmingly accurate. Learn more: https://2022voterdata.lci.fsu.edu/

12/22/2023

Florida laws on independent special districts were first enacted in the 1980s – and these measures still apply today. Read the report to explore how these statutes came about:https://lci.fsu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2023/05/23-LCI-001-Special-District-Report-V1_4.pdf

12/20/2023

Leon County pioneered a process to conduct an audit with a 100% retabulation of all ballots, to boost election confidence by demonstrating the accuracy of tabulating machines. Explore the data from the 2022 state primary and general elections: https://2022voterdata.lci.fsu.edu/

12/18/2023

Postelection auditing ensures that an election outcome is reliable and valid. That’s why we’re providing the public with access to data from our audit for the 2022 state primary and general elections. Learn more: https://2022voterdata.lci.fsu.edu/

12/15/2023

The Leon County Postelection Audit Project aims to improve voter confidence by providing accessible information to verify ballot counting and election results. View the data for yourself: https://2022voterdata.lci.fsu.edu/

More Florida cities are using citizen boards to investigate police. The state may stop it. 12/13/2023

Civilian oversight agencies help curb the use of force by law enforcement agencies and increase police transparency. Yet a proposed bill could stop local governments from using these review boards to investigate complaints against officers.

More Florida cities are using citizen boards to investigate police. The state may stop it. Jacksonville's debate on creating a civilian review board for police complaints might be decided by state Legislature under Rep. Wyman Duggan's bill.

Fundraising lags for RNC, some state Republican parties - UPI.com 12/12/2023

LeRoy Collins Institute Director Dr. Lonna Atkeson weighed in on how fundraising is lagging for the Republican National Convention. Read what she had to say ⬇️

Fundraising lags for RNC, some state Republican parties - UPI.com The Republican National Committee -- and some embattled state parties -- are dragging behind previous election cycles in fundraising weeks before the first primary voting for president in 2024.

11/02/2023

NOW LIVE! The Leon County Election Integrity project promotes election transparency and voter confidence by ensuring that election outcomes are reliable and valid. Learn more: https://2022voterdata.lci.fsu.edu/

Takeaways from Tallahassee — Take it to the bank 11/01/2023

“Public mistrust of our elections is at an all-time high, and we hope that placing (post-election audit and public imaged) data at voters’ fingertips will give them more confidence in our election process and results.”

Takeaways from Tallahassee — Take it to the bank Who doesn’t like free money, right?

10/30/2023

Post-election auditing ensures that election outcomes are reliable and valid. There are several types of post-election audits including traditional, risk-limiting, and transitive audit. Learn more: https://2022voterdata.lci.fsu.edu/

10/26/2023

What are post-election audits and how do they work? The LeRoy Collins Institute Election Integrity Project helps you explore postelection audit data that ensure the accuracy of the vote count. View audits, FAQs, dashboards, and more: https://2022voterdata.lci.fsu.edu/

10/24/2023

NOW LIVE! The LeRoy Collins Institute Election Integrity Pilot Project provides easily accessible data about the 2022 Leon County Post Election Audits, and ballot images. Learn more: https://2022voterdata.lci.fsu.edu/

07/19/2023

Students are gearing up to return to school soon, with many moving in with roommates for the first time. What impact could roommates have on a young adult’s political involvement? We studied this last year and discovered some pretty intriguing insights. Learn more:https://lci.fsu.edu//wp-content/uploads/sites/28/2022/05/22-LCI-004-LCI-Social-Influence-Report-V1_3-1-1.pdf

07/14/2023

Our changing environment has the potential to cause mass climate-driven displacement in Florida… But here are some actions we can take to help address it:https://lci.fsu.edu//wp-content/uploads/sites/28/2022/02/Butler-Jackson-Holmes-et-al.-2021-Final-LCI-Report-Climate-Gentrification-Updated-min.pdf

06/13/2023

Many rising high school seniors use the summer as a time to look toward their next step in life. For those turning to higher education, that includes deciding which college to attend. Read our report on The Florida College System:
https://lci.fsu.edu//wp-content/uploads/sites/28/2020/11/Tough-Choices-Higher-Ed-Book_WEB-8-16-1.pdf

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