Democratic Governance

The Ash Center's Democratic Governance Program explores the relationships between democratic governance and the persistence of urgent social problems.

Ranging from voting rights to legislative negotiation, our many research projects, events, and student opportunities span the most pressing issues facing democracies around the globe. 

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New Report Finds Mail Ballot Rejection Rates Decreased in 2020

September 21, 2022

Cambridge, MA—Heading into the 2020 elections there was mounting fear that mail-in ballots, anticipated to be widely used, might be rejected at a higher rate, leaving voters disenfranchised. Today, the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation released a new policy brief in which authors Tova Wang and Jose Altamirano dissect trends in mail ballot rejection rates in 2020 to better understand what actually unfolded. 

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Harvard Votes Challenge

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Launched in 2018 by the Ash Center and Institue of Politics, Harvard Votes Challenge is a nonpartisan initiative that strives to build a civic culture at Harvard University by increasing voter registration and participation among students, staff, and faculty. Join the Challenge. 

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