Title

Geographical Analysis of Peoples' Perceptions of a Political Campaign for County Auditor

Presenter Information

Trinity Turner

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC 140

Start Date

21-5-2015

End Date

21-5-2015

Keywords

Electoral Geography, Perceptions, Politics

Abstract

Local elections often have a greater effect on people than national elections. However, very little research in electoral geography has been done to examine small-scale local elections in the United States. This paper attempts to fill this gap and offer suggestions for further research and analysis. This paper examines peoples’ perceptions of a local political campaign in Spokane County to see if there are significant differences between rural and urban voters. The researcher used a mix of ethnographic methods to collect data during the 2014 campaign for Spokane County Auditor. Preliminary findings suggest that location was not a significant factor shaping voters’ perception, but rather their political involvement was. Further research should be done in this area to gain a better understanding of the perceptions and effects of local elections and their outcomes.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Elvin Delgado

Department/Program

Geography

Additional Mentoring Department

Geography

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Geographical Analysis of Peoples' Perceptions of a Political Campaign for County Auditor

SURC 140

Local elections often have a greater effect on people than national elections. However, very little research in electoral geography has been done to examine small-scale local elections in the United States. This paper attempts to fill this gap and offer suggestions for further research and analysis. This paper examines peoples’ perceptions of a local political campaign in Spokane County to see if there are significant differences between rural and urban voters. The researcher used a mix of ethnographic methods to collect data during the 2014 campaign for Spokane County Auditor. Preliminary findings suggest that location was not a significant factor shaping voters’ perception, but rather their political involvement was. Further research should be done in this area to gain a better understanding of the perceptions and effects of local elections and their outcomes.