- How and why do states differ in their electoral laws?
- What is the difference between the Indiana ballot and the Massachusetts ballot? What is the Australian ballot, and why did it become popular?
- Why do states tend to vary in regard to voter turnout? Use the comparative method to explain your answer.
- What are some statewide political offices that are independent of the governor's office?
- What are the different types of initiatives and referendums? What is a recall? How do these legislative mechanisms improve the responsiveness of state governments to citizens?
- How do state legislators respond to public opinion? What is the relationship between public opinion and a state's public policy?