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The Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics

A bipartisan research and teaching institute dedicated to increasing understanding of the political process with special emphasis on political parties, grassroots activity, and ethical behavior.

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Ohio's General Election is Nov. 3. Get all the dates and details on how and when to register or update your address, how to vote by mail or in-person, and much more.

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Summer 2020

The Your Vote Ohio Poll is a joint project of Your Vote Ohio and the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at The University of Akron, the survey was conducted by the Center for Marketing and Opinion Research.  Poll Findings 


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Bliss Institute in the News

Northern Ohio election mail not processed fast enough, court documents show
Interim Director David Cohen expressed confidence that the U.S. Postal Service will effectively respond to the increase in demand during the presidential election.

Exclusive Spectrum News/IPSOS Poll Results on Trump and Voting
Interim Director David Cohen offered an analysis of new polling on issues that animate Ohio's electorate.

Black voters in the rust belt can give Biden Victory
Interim Director David Cohen is quoted in an Arabic-language newspaper published in the United Arab Emirates.

A Preview Of The Second Presidential Debate Coming Up This Week
Interim Dr. David Cohen spoke about the final U.S. presidential debate scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 22.

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Dr. David Cohen

Dr. David Cohen

Dr. David B. Cohen has been named interim director of the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics. Cohen, a professor of political science who joined UA in 2000, has been serving as assistant director of the Bliss Institute since 2017.

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