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Measuring the Impact of Voting Technology on Residual Vote Rates

Working Paper No.: 
37
Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Author(s): 
Delia Grigg
No abstract available.

Measuring the Improvement (Or Lack of Improvement) In Voting Since 2000 in the U.S.

Working Paper No.: 
36
Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Author(s): 
Charles Stewart III
This paper summarizes what systematic evidence exists about the performance of the American voting process in 2004 and proposes a comprehensive system of performance measures that would allow citizens and officials to assess the quality of the voting system in the U.S.

Preliminary Voting -- Prevoting

Working Paper No.: 
35
Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Author(s): 
Ronald L. Rivest
We introduce the notion of preliminary voting, or pre-voting, wherein a voter deposits—perhaps over the Internet—a preliminary vote or prevote with election authorities at some time before the close of elections. Prevotes are not official votes, and need not be kept private; indeed, election officials might, as a matter of announced policy, publish the list of received prevotes together with the names of the voters submitting such prevotes.

Whose Absentee Votes Are Counted: The Variety and Use of Absentee Ballots in California

Working Paper No.: 
34
Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Author(s): 
Betsy Sinclair
Thad E. Hall
R. Michael Alvarez
Absentee voting is becoming more prevalent throughout the United States. While there has been some research focused on who votes by absentee ballot, little research has considered another important question about absentee voting: Which absentee ballots are counted and which are not? Research following the 2000 presidential election has studied the problem of uncounted ballots for precinct voters but not for absentee voters.

Is It Better to be First or Last? The Ballot Order Effect

Working Paper No.: 
33
Date Published: 
06/30/2005
Author(s): 
Betsy Sinclair
No abstract available.

Machines Versus Humans: The Counting and Recounting of Pre-Scored Punchcard Ballots

Working Paper No.: 
32
Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Author(s): 
Sarah A. Hill
Jonathan N. Katz
R. Michael Alvarez
No abstract available.

Testimony on Voter Verification

Working Paper No.: 
31
Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Author(s): 
Ted Selker
No abstract available.

Voter Registration: Past, Present, and Future

Working Paper No.: 
30
Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Author(s): 
R. Michael Alvarez
The Caltech/MIT Voting Technology Project identified problems with voter registration as a pressing problem in the 2000 presidential election; between 1.5 and 3 million votes were lost due to voter registration problems in that election. Voter registration is a central component of the election management process in the United States, and is an important foundation for how elections are administered.

American Elections: A Critical Moment for Research and Reform

Working Paper No.: 
29
Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Author(s): 
R. Michael Alvarez
The 2004 election provided important lessons regarding the performance of voting technology, about continuing problems with voter registration and provisional balloting, issues with procedures and poll site voting practices, and raised questions about the liberalization of early and absentee voting. There are a series of important issues that should be the focus of the election research and reform agenda in coming years:
  • Developing and implementing statewide voter registration databases
  • Improving poll site practices

An Active Approach to Voting Verification

Working Paper No.: 
28
Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Author(s): 
Sharon Cohen
Ted Selker
As our voting systems have come to rely more deeply on computer technology there have been great opportunities to improve the voting process, however, recently computer scientists and the general public have become wary of the amount of trust we place in the computers running our elections. Many proposals for audit systems to monitor our elections have been created. One popular audit system is the voter verified paper audit trail (VVPAT). Another more recent proposal is the voter verified audio audit transcript trail (VVAATT).

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