In both New Jersey and Soviet Russia, democracy requires a choice of candidates

February 21, 2022

As a child in Soviet Russia, I distinctly remember my mom voting. Like most Russians, she never missed an election — all adult citizens were expected to vote and failing to do so could have substantial economic and political repercussions.

Although rates of voting participation were high, election outcomes were never in doubt because there was only one candidate available for each position.

I’ve thought about the Soviet system a lot over the last few years as I’ve researched New Jersey politics, particularly our primary elections. As was the case in Soviet Russia, New Jersey residents are encouraged to vote. In fact, laudable recent reforms have made voting easier, with expanded access to vote by mail and early voting.

NJ.com Opinion, February 20, 2022

Recent Posts

NJSPL – New Jersey Employment Concerns Revisited

As 2024 began with yet another surprisingly strong jobs report for the U.S. (353,000 jobs added in January and the unemployment rate steady at 3.7%), and with a full year’s worth of 2023 state-level employment data now available, it’s worth briefly revisiting some of...

New Research: The Traffic Calming Effect of Delineated Bicycle Lanes

Abstract We analyze the effect of a bicycle lane on traffic speeds. Computer vision techniques are used to detect and classify the speed and trajectory of over 9,000 motor-vehicles at an intersection that was part of a pilot demonstration in which a bicycle lane was...

Upcoming Events

Event Series CAREERS

Career Virtual Drop-ins

Virtual

Bloustein Career Development Specialists Cheryl Egan and Andrea Garrido will be in a Zoom Room on Monday's beginning January 22, 2024 (excluding holidays and spring break) to answer questions, provide […]