COVID States Project: A 50-State COVID-19 Survey, Report #72: School Board Elections [open pdf - 4MB]
From the Document: "The COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic and the backlash against Critical Race Theory have led to increased attention to school board elections. To better understand who votes in these elections and who attends school board meetings, this report examines the demographic characteristics of individuals who say they attended a school board meeting in the past 6 months and those who say they voted for school board at some point in the past year. [...] In the run up to the November 2021 elections, rancorous school board meetings garnered national attention and prompted U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland [hyperlink] to marshal the resources of federal authorities to address the growing threats directed at school board members nationwide. Federal involvement in the issue was sparked by a request [hyperlink] for help from the National School Board Association sent to the Biden administration in late September 2021. Given these recent events, in this report we examine participation in school board elections and school board meetings - providing survey estimates of who participates in school board elections and meetings, and what issues motivate these individuals."
The COVID States Project Report No. 72
Northeastern University; Harvard Medical School; Rutgers University; Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy; Northwestern University. Posted here with permission. Document is under a Creative Commons license and requires proper attribution and noncommercial use to be shared: [https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/]
The COVID States Project: https://covidstates.org/