Reports

Voting in Massachusetts

Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Author(s): 
Charles Stewart III
Stephen Ansolabehere
Massachusetts avoided the most egregious shortcomings that dogged many other states in the 2000 presidential election. Perhaps for that reason, the Bay State has lagged behind most of the rest of the nation in reforming antiquated election practices and upgrading antiquated election technologies that confuse and frustrate voters. The result is tens of thousands of "lost votes" each statewide election--votes that could be recovered by adopting a range of sweeping and incremental reforms.

The Introduction of Voter Registration and Its Effect on Turnout

Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Author(s): 
David M. Konisky
Stephen Ansolabehere
Studies of voter turnout across states find that those with more facilitative registration laws have higher turnout rates. Eliminating registration barriers altogether is estimated to raise voter participation rates by up to 10%. This article presents panel estimates of the effects of introducing registration that exploits changes in registration laws and turnout within states. New York and Ohio imposed registration requirements on all of their counties in 1965 and 1977, respectively.

Statement on Verifying the Vote and Auditing Elections

Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Author(s): 
Voting Technology Project
No abstract available.

Steps to Make Sure Your Vote is Counted: A Guide for California Voters

Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Author(s): 
Voting Technology Project
No abstract available.

Making Voting Easier: Election Day Registration in New York

Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Author(s): 
Catherine H. Wilson
Jonathan Nagler
R. Michael Alvarez
As policy makers, election officials, and the public consider whether New York should change the way in which voters are allowed to register to participate in elections, and bring New York State election law into compliance with the Help America Vote Act, we provide an analysis of the potential impact of election dar registration (EDR) in New York. The current system of registration is one in which citizens must register 25 days before election day in order to be eligible to vote. Under EDR this advance registration barrier would be eliminated as citizens could register on election day.

LEVI User Manual

Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Author(s): 
Shawn Sullivan
A user manual for LEVI voting systems.

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.

Immediate Steps To Avoid Lost Votes In The 2004 Presidential Election: Recommendations For The Election Assistance Commission

Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Author(s): 
Voting Technology Project
We recommend four immediate steps that the Election Assistance Commision (EAC) should take to improve the electoral process for the November 2004 presidential election. We also provide below a number of other steps that we believe are necessary for avoiding lost votes in the presidential election this fall. However, as time and resources are limited, we recognize that these additional steps might be difficult to achieve nationwide by November.

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