What is Elections Utah?

Elections Utah is a website that seeks to understand political behavior in Utah.

There are two primary goals of this website. First and foremost, this site plans to approach the subject of politics in Utah in a scientific manner. Second, this site also seeks to provide up-to-date facts and figures regarding politics in Utah.

So, what is meant by looking at Utah politics in a “scientific manner”. Simply, it means trying to understand ‘why’ things happen in Utah politics and elections. For example, an article might talk about how voting trends in one county are changing. While examining a change is important, understanding why those trends occur is more important in giving us an idea of what exactly is going on. Therefore, when major articles on this site seek to examine a specific issue in Utah politics, a hypothesis will be created, tested, and the results will try to explain why current trends are happening.

The second service this site will provide is as a data hub for Utah politics and elections. A large part of this website will be dedicated to reporting trends. While simply reporting is not the goal of this site, it is important to collect data in order to provide a scientific examination of political behavior. Most of the stats and figures that you will see on this site will be used at a future date to understand ‘why’ a certain outcome occurs.

This site seeks to move beyond simply reporting, and will truly examine political behavior in Utah.

The Author – Dave Trotter (Salt Lake City, UT)

12672195_173233783049309_2854406691695171473_oDave Trotter has been involved with politics and understanding voting trends in Florida since 1992. His first campaign in Florida was working as a field organizer for the Buddy Dyer for State Senate campaign in 1992. Since then, he has worked on and advised a number of campaigns throughout Florida, Utah, Nevada, Illinois, New York, and even Canada.

Dave received his BA from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, and a Master of Arts in Political Science at McGill University, with a focus on electoral behavior and forecasting. He has presented papers on US, Canadian, and German voting behavior at a number of political science conferences, as has co-authored the a chapter on the econometric approach to election forecasting in the Sage Handbook of Political Behaviour. with Dr Éric Bélanger of McGill University.