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New MIT-led research effort applies the science of lines to the polling place

Now a unique MIT-led project aims to solve the problem of waiting in line by using Election Day field research to see exactly which parts of the voting process are causing the greatest bottlenecks.

EVOTE 2014 conference

Ron Rivest's paper will be presented at the conference:
EVOTE2014 takes place from October 28-31, 2014 in Castle Hofen in Lochau/Bregenz, Austria. 

Senate Rules and Administration committee @ 9:30am Eastern on May 14

Professor Charles Stewart III will be testifying before the Senate Rules and Administration committee at 9:30am Eastern Time on May 14th.  The hearings will be webcast live.  Professor Stewart will be producing some written testimony.

Do Voters and Poll Workers Differ in their Attitudes Toward e-voting? Evidence from the first e-election in Salta, Argentina

Julia Pomares, Center for the Implementation of Public Promoting Equity and Growth
Ines Levin, University of Georgia
R. Michael Alvarez, California Institute of Technology
Journal of Election Technology and Systems
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We provide an analysis of voter and poll worker perceptions of the advantages and disadvantages of a new e-voting system vis–à–vis traditional ballot-and-envelope voting in the 2011 election in Salta, Argentina. The results of this comparison provide new insights into how poll workers perceive the implementation of new voting technologies and show that both points of view need to be taken into account when assessing new election technology. We found that speed is perceived to be the most important advantage of e-voting; and more so for poll workers than for voters.

Practical End-to-End Verifiable Voting via Split-Value Representations and Randomized Partial Checking

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Ronald L. Rivest, MIT CSAIL
Michael O. Rabin, Harvard, SEAS, Columbia SEAS


We describe how to use Rabin's "split-value" representations, originally developed for use in secure auctions, to e

Voting Technology: Vote-by-Mail, and Residual Votes in California, 1990-2010

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R. Michael Alvarez, Caltech
Charles Stewart III, MIT
Dustin Beckett, Caltech

To test the supposition that the lost votes recovered by California through the modernization of voting technologies may be being undone by the trend toward more voting by mail, Table A1 attempts to quantify changes in the residual vote rate in each county from the presidential elections of 1992 to 2008 due to changes in voting technologies, and due to the growth in voting by mail.  The table starts by reporting turnout in the 1992 and 2008 presidential elections; the percentage of ballots cast by mail in 1992 and 2008, along with the change across the two years; the type of voting equipmen

Voting Technology Project Election Toolkit

Election administrators face many challenges planning for and running elections. This website offers tools based on the expertise of election administrators, business managers, and social science researchers that can help election administrators plan and conduct elections.

Voting by Overseas Citizens and Deployed Military Personnel

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Donald S. Inbody, Texas State University


Report on Registration Systems in American Elections

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Stephen Ansolabehere, Harvard University
Charles Stewart III, MIT

The Voter Registration System is essential for the management of precincts, handling of ballots, authentication of voters, and communications with voters. The Registration system is massive, with 191.8 million records and 130.3 million voters.

The Registration system is decentralized, managed by 8,000 different local election offices as well as 50 state offices and used at 186,000 different precincts on Election Day. Decentralized use of the lists is a necessity of running elections at many different precincts and through county offices.