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Stats + Stories: Voter Rolls And Big Data

Matt Dempsey is the data editor at the Houston Chronicle. He worked on projects involving wildfires, state pensions, and the chemical industry.
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WYSO is partnering with Stats and Stories, a podcast produced at Miami University.

Every few years, Americans are inundated with campaign flyers and ads urging them to support one candidate over another, or to vote no on an issue instead of yes. Those ads and mailers are often later used by researchers interested in studying political communication. But the act of registering to vote or voting itself produces its own kind of data. Rosemary Pennington is joined by regular panelists John Bailer, Chair of Miami statistics department and Richard Campbell of media journalism and film. Their guest today is Matt Dempsey, the Data Editor at the Houston Chronicle as well as a veteran data journalist. A coalition of twenty news rooms including the Chronicle recently worked together to purchase the Texas voter registration database as well as voting history going back to 2010. They've been using that data to write stories about voting in Texas in the run up to the election. 

Stats and Stories is a partnership between Miami University's Departments of Statistics and Media, Journalism and Film and the American Statistical Association. You can follow us on Twitter or iTunes. If you'd like to share your thoughts on our program, send your e-mail to statsandstories@miamioh.edu and be sure to listen for future editions of Stats and Stories where we discuss the statistics behind the stories and the stories behind the statistics.

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