Reports

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.

Improving the Election Day Survey

Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Author(s): 
R. Michael Alvarez
Thad E. Hall
The collection of detailed election administration data from local and state jurisdictions across the United States has proven difficult. The problem is partly due to the decentralized nature of election administration in the United States but is exacerbated by the lack of a centralized reporting of election information. Following calls made for better reporting of election administration data in recent years from many groups, including the Caltech/MIT Voting Technology Project, the U.S.

American Attitudes about Electronic Voting, Results of a National Survey

Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Author(s): 
R. Michael Alvarez
Thad E. Hall
This study examines current attitudes of the American electorate toward electronic voting. This issue is critical to understand, given the highly argumentative debate going on among media and political elites on this topic, as well as the movement in many states and localities toward electronic voting systems. If American voters lack confidence in electronic voting systems--or for that matter all the various voting systems they may use in this fall's presidential election--the basic integrity of our democratic system could be in jeopardy.

Voter Removal from Registration List Based on Name Matching is Unreliable

Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Author(s): 
Alexandre Buer
Ted Selker
The voter registration list is the information backbone for the administration of elections. Keeping it up-to-date is a difficult task that can expose officials to accusations of voter disenfranchisement. We review here some of the problems that affected Florida elections, explore some solutions proposed with the Help America Vote Act of 2002 in regards to voter registration maintenance, and illustrate these with an experiment on the actual voter rolls from Florida.

Seven Steps to Make Sure Your Vote is Counted

Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Author(s): 
Voting Technology Project
  • Make sure you are on your precinct's list of registered voters --- DO IT TODAY!
  • Get a sample ballot and read it carefully
  • Bring your sample ballot to help you in the voting booth
  • Try to vote between 10 AM and 4 PM on election day, or allow extra time for long lines
  • Know your rights and ask for help if you need it
  • You have a right to vote if you are registered in your precinct (even if your name does not appear on the list of registered voters in your precinct)

Insuring The Integrity Of The Electoral Process: Recommendations For Consistent And Complete Reporting Of Election Data

Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Author(s): 
Voting Technology Project
Many factors affect the quality of election administration. To name a few, personnel, preparation, equipment, polling places and legal regulations each play a role in determining how well the voting process works. However, an election in a democratic nation is actually an accounting procedure. Voter preferences must be counted precisely and fairly so that the correct, winning candidates can take their positions and those who lose can vacate theirs. A variety of steps can be implemented to insure that an election is just, accurate, trustworthy, and can withstand expert and public scrutiny.

Final Report: Oct '06 VTP Conference on Voter Registration & Authentication

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

American Confidence in Electronic Voting and Ballot Counting: A Pre-Election Update

Date Published: 
11/03/2008
Author(s): 
Morgan Llewellyn
Thad E. Hall
R. Michael Alvarez
This study examines the confidence that voters have that their ballot was counted accurately in 2004 and the attitudes of the American public toward electronic voting. As many states and localities move to new—and often electronic—voting systems, understanding public confidence and public attitudes is critical for policy makers. This study includes several key findings:

Precinct Voting Denial of Service

Date Published: 
10/05/2005
Author(s): 
R. Michael Alvarez
This is a type of threat that has a long history in electoral politics, and can take many forms.1 The basic approach is that a perpetrator attacks precinct voting, regardless of voting system, on election day in an effort to disrupt the process sufficiently to produce an effective “denial of service” attack. The perpetrator, based on an analysis of past elections returns, would target selected precincts that are highly likely to cast votes in a certain direction.

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