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The Introduction of Voter Registration and Its Effect on Turnout

Author(s): 
Stephen Ansolabehere
David Konisky
Journal: 
Political Analysis
pp: 
83-100
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Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Studies of voter turnout across states find that those with more facilitative registration laws have higher turnout rates. Eliminating registration barriers altogether is estimated to raise voter participation rates by up to 10%. This article presents panel estimates of the effects of introducing registration that exploits changes in registration laws and turnout within states. New York and Ohio imposed registration requirements on all of their counties in 1965 and 1977, respectively.

A Day of Poll Watching, Reno and Sparks, Nevada

Author(s): 
Ted Selker
Journal: 
User Experience Magazine
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Date Published: 
11/30/2008
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.

Rational and Pluralistic Approaches to HAVA Implementation: The Cases of Georgia and California

Author(s): 
Thad E. Hall
R. Michael Alvarez
Journal: 
Publius
pp: 
559-577
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Date Published: 
11/30/2008
The Help America Vote Act (HAVA) has created a new dynamic for the oversight and implementation of federal elections, requiring states to assume greater control of election processes vis-a-vis their local governments than was previously the case in most states. We consider how HAVA has changed the relationship between states and localities, especially through the HAVA planning process. We examine two approaches that states have used in HAVA planning—a rational approach and a pluralistic approach—and how each can shape the power relationship between states and localities.

Election Auditing is an End-to-End Procedure

Author(s): 
Ted Selker
Journal: 
Science
pp: 
1873-1874
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Date Published: 
11/30/2008
No abstract available.

Comparative Voting Performance of Reading Disabled Voters

Author(s): 
Jonathan A. Goler
Edwin J. Selker
Lorin F. Wilde
Journal: 
Interacting with Computers
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Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Although legislation now protects the rights of voters with special needs, no one has previously evaluated how different electronic voting systems affect the performance of the reading disabled community. Results of this initial study, evaluating three current systems, proved surprising and inform how future voting interfaces may potentially be improved for the population at large.

Residual Votes Attributable to Technology

Author(s): 
Charles Stewart III
Stephen Ansolabehere
Journal: 
Journal of Politics
pp: 
365-389
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Date Published: 
11/30/2008
We examine the relative performance of voting technologies by studying presidential, gubernatorial, and senatorial election returns across hundreds of counties in the United States from 1988 to 2000. Relying on a fixed-effects regression applied to an unbalanced panel of counties, we find that in presidential elections, traditional paper ballots produce the lowest rates of uncounted votes (i.e., “residual votes”), followed by optically scanned ballots, mechanical lever machines, direct register electronic machines (DREs), and punch cards.

Studying Elections: Data Quality and Pitfalls in Measuring the Effects of Voting Technologies

Author(s): 
Charles Stewart III
Stephen Ansolabehere
R. Michael Alvarez
Journal: 
Policy Studies Journal
pp: 
15-24
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Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Professor Geralyn Miller reminds us of the range of voting administration practices across the United States. We use this variability to study the average performance of various types of voting equipment throughout the country (Ansolabehere and Stewart n.d.). Professor Miller suggests that the performance of equipment is, in fact, quite variable across states.

The Perverse Consequences of Electoral Reform in the United States

Author(s): 
Adam Berinsky
Journal: 
American Politics Research
pp: 
471-491
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Date Published: 
11/30/2008
A number of electoral reforms have been enacted in the United States in the past three decades that are designed to increase turnout by easing restrictions on the casting of ballots. Both proponents and opponents of electoral reforms agree that these reforms should increase the demographic representativeness of the electorate by reducing the direct costs of voting, thereby increasing turnout among less-privileges groups who, presumably, are most sensitive to the costs of coming to the polls.

Fixing the Vote

Author(s): 
Ted Selker
Journal: 
Scientific American
pp: 
92-97
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Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Electronic voting machines promise to make elections more accurate than ever before, but only if certain problems -- with the machines and the wider electoral process -- are rectified.

The Complexity of the California Recall Election

Author(s): 
Sarah M. Sled
Melanie Goodrich
Thad E. Hall
Journal: 
PS: Political Science and Politics
pp: 
23-26
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Date Published: 
11/30/2008
The October 7, 2003 California Recall Election strained California’s direct democracy. In recent California politics there has not been a statewide election conducted on such short notice; county election officials were informed on July 24 that the election would be held on October 7. Nor has California recently seen a ballot with so many candidates running for a single statewide office. With easy ballot access requirements, Secretary of State Kevin Shelley certified 135 candidates for the official ballot on August 13.

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