Reports

Voting: What Has Changed, What Hasn't, & What Needs Improvement

Date Published: 
10/18/2012
Author(s): 
R. Michael Alvarez, Caltech; Jonathan N. Katz, Caltech
Charles Stewart III, MIT; Ronald L. Rivest, MIT
Stephen Ansolabehere, Harvard; Thad E. Hall, University of Utah

In this report, we examine how voting technologies and election administration in the United States have changed—or have not changed—since the controversial 2000 presidential election.

Cambios en la forma de votar.

Date Published: 
08/01/2011
Author(s): 
Carolina Tchintian • Anastasia Peralta Ramos
Julia Pomares • Marcelo Leiras • María Page
En la Argentina utilizamos el sistema de votación de boletas múltiples, una por partido político o alianza. Sin embargo, algunas provincias comenzaron a introducir cambios en la forma de votar que están siendo implementados por primera vez durante el proceso electoral de 2011.

The Quality of Voter Registration Records: A State-by-State Analysis

Date Published: 
07/14/2010
Author(s): 
Eitan Hersh
Harvard University
Steve Ansolabehere
Voter registration systems in the United States have long been viewed as the area of election administration most in need of improvement. Problems in this system create barriers to voting for many Americans, but they also make it di

Voter Registration List Quality Pilot Studies: Report on Detailed Results

Date Published: 
06/08/2010
Author(s): 
Stephen Ansolabehere
Department of Government
Harvard University
Between August 2008 and July 2009, audits were conducted to assess the quality of voter registration lists in two areas of the United States. These audits, conducted by Professors Stephen Ansolabehere and Alan Gerber with research assistance from David Doherty and Eitan Hersh, and funded by the Pew Center on the States, represent an initial e

Assessing Electoral Performance in New Mexico Using an Ecosystem

Date Published: 
04/26/2010
Author(s): 
Lonna Rae Atkeson
University of New Mexico
R. Michael Alvarez
Election administration in New Mexico has been closely scrutinized since the close 2000 presidential election, which was decided by a mere 316 votes. In that election, questions arose about the adequacy of New Mexico’s voting systems and the efficiency of the election administration process.1 In 2002 the passage of the Help America Vote Act sent federal resources to state agencies to purchase new equipment. In New Mexico some of this money was passed on to county clerks, many of who purchased new electronic voting equipment.

Making Voter Registration Easier: Evaluation of the "Welcome Kit" Voter Registration Pilot Project

Date Published: 
01/22/2010
Author(s): 
R. Michael Alvarez
Caltech
Thad E. Hall
The “Make Voter Registration Easier” (MVRE) pilot project, in the field from February 2008 through May 2009, provided voter registration forms in the “Welcome Kit” packages that were sent to households that changed their address in three postal markets: Columbus, Cleveland, and Cincinnati. The first two markets are exclusively in Ohio and the Cincinnati market includes households in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. This report provides a thorough quantitative and qualitative evaluation of this pilot project, with detailed analyses provided in subsequent chapters.

Election administration in New Jersey and Virginia gubernatorial elections

Date Published: 
01/14/2010
Author(s): 
Charles Stewart III
MIT
Conducting the fourth in a series of surveys to gauge the experience of voters at the polls, a team of researchers associated with the Caltech/MIT Voting Technology Project studied the experience of 2,500 registered voters each in New Jersey and Virginia immediately following the November 3, 2009 gubernatorial elections.

2008 Survey of the Performance of American Elections

Date Published: 
03/01/2009
Author(s): 
R. Michael Alvarez
Caltech; Thad Hall
University of Utah
The 2008 Survey of the Performance of American Elections is the first comprehensive nationwide study of how voters experienced the administration of elections in the United States. The main part of the survey involved interviewing 10,000 registered voters (200 in each state) over the Internet. An additional 2,000 registered voters were interviewed in ten states, providing the opportunity to compare how interview respondents answer questions about election administration in these two survey modes. Also included is the Final Report: Executive Summary

Certification of Voting Software: Position Statement

Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Author(s): 
Ted Selker
Computers are important in every aspect of modern life. Automative tabulating machines are designed to be the most consistent and reliable counting approach invented. Still, questions of reliability, security and auditability persist. Ken Thompson and others have shown that, like other carelessly composed processes, computer programs can harbor potentially criminal activity. To be useful for voting, software must simplify and improve the ability to record and report intentions.

Augmenting Voting Interfaces to Improve Accessibility and Performance

Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Author(s): 
Lorin F. Wilde
Ted Selker
Jonathan A. Goler
Reading disabled (RD) voters represent approximately 1 in 7 voters. Current electronic voting technologies exhibit substantially different error rates between RD voters and non-RD voters. These error rates are not consistent. For example, full-faced voting systems are better suited for RD individuals, while page-by-page systems are better for non-RD voters. We seek to analyze the differences in the voter’s performance in order to build interfaces that reduce mistakes and errors for both RD and non-RD voters.

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