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Using Recounts to Measure the Accuracy of Vote Tabulations: Evidence from New Hampshire Elections 1946-2002

Working Paper No.: 
11
Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Author(s): 
Andrew Reeves
Harvard University
Stephen Ansolabehere
The 2000 presidential election exposed a surprisingly high level of inaccuracy in the tabulation of ballots. Differences between total vallots cast and votes counted were as high as 19 percent in some counties in Florida, and these discrepancies were widely attributed to the ballot formats, the handling of ballots, and machine operations. For those involved in the administration of elections the recount was particularly troubling. Over the last 40 years the United States has introduced new technologies, especially punch card and optically scanned ballots, to improve vote tabulations.

Building Secure and Transparent Elections Through Standard Operating Procedures

Author(s): 
R. Michael Alvarez
Thad E. Hall
Journal: 
Public Administration Review
pp: 
Link to Article: 
Date Published: 
11/30/2008
No abstract available.

The Technology of Access: Allowing People of Age to Vote for Themselves

Author(s): 
Ted Selker
Journal: 
McGeorge Law Review
pp: 
1113-1136
Link to Article: 
Date Published: 
11/30/2008
With changing cognitive abilities, an aging person's independence becomes an issue, and questions arise of whether he or she has the ability or the legal right to take part in some civic activities, such as voting. The question of voting among elderly populations has a legal dimension; in their article, Voting by Residents of Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities: State Law Accomodations, Amy Smith and Charles Sabatino discuss how different states in the United States evaluate what assistive services should be provided to residents of nursing homes.

Who Should Run Elections in the United States

Author(s): 
R. Michael Alvarez
Thad E. Hall
Morgan Llewellyn
Journal: 
Policy Studies Journal
pp: 
325-346
Link to Article: 
Date Published: 
08/01/2008
Much has been said since the 2000 presidential election regarding the administration of elections in the United States, particularly about how election administrators are selected and to whom they are responsive. Unfortunately, there has been little research on the different administrative structures that are possible and the preferences of Americans regarding these different administrative options.

Are Americans Confident Their Ballots Are Counted

Author(s): 
R. Michael Alvarez
Thad E. Hall
Morgan Llewellyn
Journal: 
Journal of Politics
pp: 
Link to Article: 
Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Expanding the large literature which investigates the characteristics of citizen and voter trust in government we analyze the heretofore neglected topic of voter trust in the electoral process. In this paper, we present results from three national surveys in which we asked voters the confidence they have that their vote for president in the 2000 or 2004 election was recorded as intended.

On American Voter Confidence

Author(s): 
R. Michael Alvarez
Caltech
Thad Hall
Journal: 
University of Arkansas Law Review
pp: 
651-668
Link to Article: 
Date Published: 
06/01/2007
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Military Voting and the Law: Procedural and Technological Solutions to the Ballot Transit Problem

Author(s): 
Brian F. Roberts
Thad E. Hall
R. Michael Alvarez
Journal: 
Fordham Law Review
pp: 
Link to Article: 
Date Published: 
11/30/2008
No abstract available.

Where We Have Been, Where We Are Going: Project Update

Date Published: 
01/01/2003
Author(s): 
Voting Technology Project
Americans are proud of their democracy. But the controversy over the Florida election recount revealed profound flaws in the way we vote. Immediately after the 2000 election, the smooth transition of government, a hallmark of American democracy, seemed to hang on the workings of antiquated computer technology -- the punch card. Even more profoundly, the 2000 and 2002 elections both revealed that the electoral process itself is evolving due to the impact of new information technologies, especially computer literacy and accessibility.

Voting in Massachusetts

Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Author(s): 
Charles Stewart III
Stephen Ansolabehere
Massachusetts avoided the most egregious shortcomings that dogged many other states in the 2000 presidential election. Perhaps for that reason, the Bay State has lagged behind most of the rest of the nation in reforming antiquated election practices and upgrading antiquated election technologies that confuse and frustrate voters. The result is tens of thousands of "lost votes" each statewide election--votes that could be recovered by adopting a range of sweeping and incremental reforms.

California Votes: The Promise of Election Day Registration

Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Author(s): 
R. Michael Alvarez
Stephen Ansolabehere
Election day registration will produce higher voter participation in California.
  • States that have adopted EDR have witnessed a 3 to 6 percentage point increase in participation among the voting-age population.
  • Voting among young people and those who have moved in the last six months in nearly 15 percentage points higher in states with EDR.
  • California might experience an even larger increase in turnout--perhaps as much as 9 percentage points--because California has a younger and more mobile population

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