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Co-PIs: Melissa Marschall and Paru Shah


The Local Elections in America Project (LEAP) is developing a path-breaking solution to the problem of collecting, digitizing and disseminating data on local elections. Once completed, the LEAP database will provide unparalleled opportunities for learning about local elections and the political, racial and socio-demographic features of American cities and will enable social scientists to investigate research questions that have heretofore been little studied in the context of local politics.

To see current local election coverage by LEAP go to:

LEAP is funded by the NSF‘s Division of Social and Economic Sciences (political science) and the Office of Cyberinfrastructure CF21 Venture Fund for promoting the reuse of Cyberinfrastructure elements as well as the Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology at Rice University.