Paul Gronke

Director of Elections & Voting Information Center at Reed College, Reed College
Chapter Member: Oregon SSN

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About Paul

Gronke has worked to ensure voting access, voting rights, and safe, secure, and accessible elections. He's partnered with local, state, and federal governments; non-profits and foundations; and voting rights litigators. He has expertise in election and data science, survey methods, social science methods, and research design.


In the News

Paul Gronke quoted by Julia Silverman, "The Busiest Man in Oregon Right Now Is Also One of the Country’s Foremost Early Voting Experts" Monthly Portland , October 16, 2020.
Paul Gronke quoted by Derek Willis, "A Conservative Legal Group Significantly Miscalculated Data in a Report on Mail-In Voting" Propublica, May 2, 2020.


"How Elections Under COVID-19 May Change the Political Engagement of Older Voters" (with Paul Manson and Canyon Foot). Public Policy Aging Rep 30, no. 4 (2020): 147–153.

Explores voting patterns under COVID-19 and how the risk profile faced by older Americans may alter turnout and civic engagement by this segment of the population.

"Framing Automatic Voter Registration: Partisanship and Public Understanding of Automatic Voter Registration: Part of Special Symposium on Election Sciences" (with Christopher B. Mann and Natalie Adona). American Politics Research 48, no. 6 (2020).

Examines different partisan responses to automatic voter registration, based on partisan and policy frames. Uses survey experimental methods to explore causal impacts.

"Early Voting in America: Public Usage and Public Support" (with Peter Miller), in Ben Griffith (ed), America Votes! (Cleveland OH, Lachina Publishing, 2019), 215-232.

Explores the historical roots and current usage of early voting (early in-person, absentee, by mail) in the United States, and examines the legal and policy issues raised by this change in the way that Americans cast their ballots.

"Stewards of Democracy: The Views of American Local Election Officials," (with Natalie Adona, Paul Manson, and Sarah Cole ), Democracy Fund, June 26, 2019.

Reports on innovative survey of local elections officials in the United States, exploring career trajectories, demographic profiles, policy attitudes, and readiness for administering safe, secure, and accessible elections.

"10 - Voter Confidence as a Metric of Election Performance" in The Measure of American Election, edited by Barry C. Burden and Charles Stewart, III ( Cambridge University Press, 2015), 248 - 270.

Examines the emergence of the term, how it has been measured in surveys, and argues that it is not at present a sufficiently well understood concept to be used as a metric to evaluate election performance by state and local officials.