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Who does better with a big interface? Improving Voting Performance of Reading Disabled Voters

Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Author(s): 
Lorin F. Wilde
Jonathan A. Goler
Ted Selker
This study shows how ballot interfaces variably affect the voting performance of people with different abilities. An interface with all information viewable simultaneously might either help orient or overwhelm a voter, depending on his/her skill-set. Voters with diagnosed reading disabilities performed significantly better on full-faced voting machines than those who demonstrated a high likelihood of similar, but undiagnosed, disabilities. In contrast, the diagnosed group performed worse than others when using standard-sized Direct Recording Electronic (DRE) systems.

Building Secure and Transparent Elections Through Standard Operating Procedures

Working Paper No.: 
65
Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Author(s): 
Thad E. Hall
R. Michael Alvarez
Election reform has evolved since the 2000 election. One issue that has remained at the forefront of public debate is how to build confidence in the election process. The foundation for confidence is based on procedures for electoral security and transparency. In this article, the authors use legal theories of evidence and public administration theories related to standard operating procedures to consider how election fraud—and claims of fraud—can be prevented by having effective and rigorous chain of custody procedures.

Assessing the impact of voting technologies on multi-party electoral outcomes

Working Paper No.: 
64
Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Author(s): 
Julia Pomares
Ernesto Calvo
Marcelo Escolar
This paper presents the first study on the impact of different voting technologies on election outcomes in multi-party elections, analyzing data from a large-scale voting experiment conducted in the 2005 congressional election in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Combining different regression models and matching methods, we estimate the effect of alternative voting technologies on the probability of support for the competing parties in the elections for congress and state legislature.

Russian Elections: An Oxymoron of Democracy

Working Paper No.: 
63
Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Author(s): 
Misha Myagkov
Peter Ordeshook
Considerable controversy swirls around the extent to which Russia’s elections have been falsified. We argue here on the basis of an assessment of aberrant distributions of turnout in official election returns for each or Russia’s national elections beginning in 1995, that falsifications in the form of stuffed ballot boxes and artificially augmented election counts, whose significance was first apparent in its ethnic republics, has now spread to and metastasized within both rural and urban oblast districts.

Internet Voting in Estonia

Working Paper No.: 
60
Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Author(s): 
R. Michael Alvarez
Alexander H. Trechsel
Thad E. Hall
Several countries have conducted Internet voting trials in binding public elections over the past decade, including Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. These trials have been conducted at the local and regional levels of government, targeting specific populations of voters. However, Estonia—a former Soviet republic and now a full member of the European Union—has advanced the farthest in deploying Internet voting. Since 2000, Estonia has conducted two national elections in which all voters could use Internet voting.

New Barriers to Participation: Application of New Mexico's Voter Identification Law

Working Paper No.: 
59
Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Author(s): 
Thad E. Hall
Kyle L. Saunders
Lisa A. Bryant
In democratic societies there is a tension between maximizing ballot access and minimizing voter fraud. Since the 2000 presidential election, this tension has been central to discussions about election reform, at the national and local level. We examine this tension by focusing on the implementation of voter identification laws in one state that has experienced significant issues in recent elections, and that is now implementing significant attempts at election reform: New Mexico.

Access Versus Integrity in Voter Identification Requirements

Working Paper No.: 
58
Date Published: 
01/31/2007
Author(s): 
Stephen Ansolabehere
No abstract available.

The Effect of Voter Identification Laws on Turnout

Working Paper No.: 
57
Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Author(s): 
Jonathan Katz
Delia Bailey
R. Michael Alvarez
Since the passage of the “Help America Vote Act” in 2002, nearly half of the states have adopted a variety of new identification requirements for voter registration and participation by the 2006 general election. There has been little analysis of whether these requirements reduce voter participation, especially among certain classes of voters. In this paper we document the effect of voter identification requirements on registered voters as they were imposed in states in the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections, and in the 2002 and 2006 midterm elections.

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