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UF Coral Gables Leadership Breakfast

May 22, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 9:30 am

Join Dr. Daniel Smith, Professor and Chair of UF’s Department of Political Science, for an exclusive update on exciting research surrounding election science at our UF Coral Gables Leadership Breakfast* on May 22! *Space is limited to the first 50 Gators.

UF Coral Gables is excited to present this breakfast series featuring campus leaders and university updates for our Miami Gators.


5 Things Everyone Should Know About Voting and Elections in Florida

Hanging chads in the 2000 Presidential election, long lines at the polls in 2012, and Russian hacking of Supervisors of Elections in 2016.  For nearly 20 years, Florida has been fair game for lampooning on late night TV.  Professor Smith puts voting and elections in Florida in comparative perspective, including Andrew Gillum’s surprise Democratic primary victory for governor, Bill Nelson’s razor-thin loss to Rick Scott in the race for US Senate, Donald Trump’s come-from-behind victory in 2016, and the election administration meltdown in Broward County in 2018.  Florida continues to be a fiasco; perhaps the only solace is that it could be worse.

Daniel A. Smith is Professor and Chair of Political Science at the University of Florida. He is President of ElectionSmith and is a former Senior Fulbright Scholar in Ghana, West Africa.  He has served as an expert witness in numerous voting rights lawsuits in Florida and across the country, working with the ACLU, the NAACP, Demos, Latino Justice, the Campaign Legal Center, Mi Familia, SEIU, the League of Women Voters, and numerous other organizations to protect voting rights around the country.  Professor Smith holds a M.A. and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; he went to Penn State for his undergraduate degrees in Political Science and History. His research broadly examines how political institutions affect political behavior across and within the American states. In addition to publishing over 100 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and research reports on voting and elections in the American states, his books include Tax Crusaders and the Politics of Direct Democracy (Routledge, 1998), Educated by Initiative (University of Michigan Press, 2004), and State and Local Politics: Institutions and Reform (4th edition, Cengage, 2015). He is widely quoted in the Florida and national news outlets.

Validated parking is available in the Columbus Center Parking Garage located at 2159 Galiano Street, Coral Gables, FL 33134.


May 22, 2019
8:30 am - 9:30 am
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University of Florida Coral Gables
1 Alhambra Plaza, Suite 5
Coral Gables, FL 33134 United States
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