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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.

Statement on Verifying the Vote and Auditing Elections

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

The Reliability of Electronic Voting Machines in Georgia

Working Paper No.: 
20
Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Author(s): 
Charles Stewart III
No abstract available.

Processes Can Improve Electronic Voting: A Case Study of An Election

Working Paper No.: 
19
Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Author(s): 
Ted Selker
Across the United States, I have personally watched hundreds of precincts vote since 2001. Most recently, I traveled to Reno/Sparks, Nevada to observe the rollout of the Sequoia Direct record electronic voting systems with verifiable paper trail printers on September 7, 2004. This experience was also enriched by the members of the Secretary of State of California’s poll-watching effort, who invited me to join them to watch the election progress at eleven different polling places, which together represent almost forty different precincts.

The Voter Verifiable Audio Audit Transcript Trail (VVAATT)

Working Paper No.: 
18
Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Author(s): 
Ted Selker
MIT
The debate about verifiable voter audit trails has prematurely narrowed into two camps: those who categorically deny the need for any back-up records and those who advocate the Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT). As jurisdictions and watch-dog groups prepare to define their election processes we should consider all alternatives.

An N-Version Electronic Voting System

Working Paper No.: 
17
Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Author(s): 
Soyini D. Liburd
MIT
The ballot battles of the 2000 US Presidential Election clearly indicate that existing voting technologies and processes are not sufficient to guarantee that every eligible voter is granted their right to vote and implicitly to have that vote counted, as per the fifteenth, nineteenth, twenty fourth and twenty sixth amendments to the US constitution. Developing a voting system that is secure, correct, reliable and trustworthy is a significant challenge to current technology.

Security Vulnerabilities and Problems with VVPT

Working Paper No.: 
16
Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Author(s): 
Jonathan Goler
MIT
Ted Selker
A proposed Voter Verifiable Paper Trail (VVPT) includes a printed ballot as a receipt that a voter can view to verify their vote before leaving an electronic voting machine. This method is also supposed to insure the accuracy of the recorded vote by allowing the tally to be checked later by counting the collected receipts.

Certification and Voting Software: Position Statement

Working Paper No.: 
15
Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Author(s): 
Ted Selker
MIT
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.

The Introduction of Voter Registration and Its Effect on Turnout

Working Paper No.: 
14
Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Author(s): 
Stephen Ansolabehere
MIT
David Konisky
Voter registration, it is widely argued, raises the costs of voting, thereby decreasing turnout. Studies of turnout across states find that states with later registration dates or election day registration have much higher turnout rates. Eliminating registration barriers altogether is estimated to raise voter participation rates by 5 to 10 percentage points. This paper presents panel estimates of the effects of the introduction of registration that exploit changes in registration law and turnout within counties.

Where the Good Signatures Are: The Number and Validity Rates of Initiative Petition Signatures Gathered in California Counties

Working Paper No.: 
13
Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Author(s): 
Frederick J. Boehmke
University of Iowa
R. Michael Alvarez
One of the biggest hurdles to qualifying an initiative for the ballot is gathering the required number of signatures. Yet little is known about these signatures' representativeness or demographic origin. Using data from eight recent California initiatives, we study the distribution of signatures across counties. We ten conduct regression analysis to study how characteristics of counties relate to the number of signatures gathered there.

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