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Western Political Science Association Conference

At the upcoming WPSA meeting on March 28-30 in Hollywood, CA, we have several colleagues who will be presenting papers, and participating in panels.Panel 26.04, Electoral Processes and Voting (Sarah Hill, from the University of Fullerton will be a discussant).Panel 26.06, Electoral Reform.Panel 26.08, Technology, Elections and Voting --- Lonna Atkeson from the University of New Mexico is the chair.Panel 26.10, Voter Turnout and Mobilization --- Betsy Sinclair, University of Chicago, is giving paper.You can see these and the others at:

Virtual Issue of Political Analysis on Election Fraud and Integrity

The new vitural issue of Political Analysis is currently online.  R. Michael Alvarez, and Ines Levin have put together this issue on election fraud and electoral integrity.  Here is the link:http://www.oxfordjournals.org/our_journals/polana/virtualissue3.html 

Election Administration Finance in California Counties

Author(s): 
Sarah A. Hill, California State University, Fullerton
Journal: 
The American Review of Public Administration
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Date Published: 
07/04/2011

Abstract Over the past decade, the federal and state governments have made large financial investments to improve election administration, but there is little to no understanding of the real workings and implications of election administration finance. This article takes a first look at election administration finance by examining election expenditures in California counties for fiscal years 1992 through 2008 using a public sector cost model.

Broken Ballots: Will Your Vote Count

Broken Ballots: Will Your Vote Count - at MIT - Monday, 5/7 at 5 p.m. in 32-141 Extra information: the location is 32 Vassar Street, room 32-141, 1st floor of the strange looking Frank Gehry Stata Building which will be unlocked. Parking on the nearby streets is metered until 6 p.m. (25 cents per 15 minutes). There are a number of local parking garages. Any MIT ungated lot is available for free parking after 5 p.m. (technically). RSVP-ing is appreciated but not required. Be 32-G675 in Stata phone: 617 253-6098 Broken Ballots -- Will Your Vote Count?

Protecting Your Vote

Just ask Rick Santorum. In January, Rick Santorum won the Iowa caucuses, but, because of vote counting and tabulation errors, Mitt Romney was declared the winner. In the two weeks before the error became clear, Romney’s campaign gained momentum, while Santorum’s withered. Unfortunately, the same problem – or worse – could easily occur in Massachusetts. This year, voters will choose the president, and control of the US Senate may come down to the race shaping up between Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren.

Why Don't People Vote?

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Newspaper: 
Psychology Today
Date Published: 
12/01/2011
Author(s): 
R. Michael Alvarez
Caltech
Op-Ed
It's just weeks away from the first round of presidential caucuses and primaries here in the US, and in coming months we will hear more about how low voter participation typically is in US presidential elections—and whether it matters. I thought that I'd start by writing about why people don't vote in US presidential elections. That is, why don't those American citizens who are registered to vote turnout? In later essays I'll take up related questions, like why eligible citizens don't register to vote, a question on which there is considerable research.

Despite the Fanfare, Little Proof of Election Irregularities

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Newspaper: 
The New York Times
Date Published: 
11/10/2011
Author(s): 
Scott James
The Bay Citize4n
Article

Controversy over voting rules and security

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Newspaper: 
CNN
Date Published: 
11/10/2011
Author(s): 
Dave Schechter
Senior National Editor for CNN
Article
About a year from now, Americans will cast votes for the candidates of their choice. Or at least they will think that’s what they’ve done, having little awareness of concerns about the security of electronic voting machines, a “national security issue” in the view of scientists who easily hacked a widely-used device.

Election Integrity - Past, Present & Future

This event is to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the First National Symposium on Security and Reliability of Computers in the Electoral Process, held in Boston, Massachusetts in 1986. This event was co-chaired by Eva Waskell and Kurt Hyde. The date that this event will take place: Location: Massachusetts Institute of Technology Stata Center, Kirsh Auditorium, Room 32-123, 32 Vassar St., Building 32, Cambridge, MA Sponsor: Caltech/MIT Voting Technology Project Date: Saturday, October 1, 2011 Admission: Free. Donations accepted.

The Balance Between Preventing Fraud and Ensuring Participation: Attitudes Towards Voter Identification in New Mexico

Working Paper No.: 
106
Date Published: 
07/01/2011
Author(s): 
R. Michael Alvarez
Caltech
Lonna Rae Atkeson
This paper examines public opinion on the effectiveness and consequences of voter identification laws in New Mexico. In particular, it focuses on the attitudes central to the court reasoning in the 2008 Supreme Court case which upheld an Indiana photo-ID law, Crawford v. Marion County Election Board. Questions include whether or not voters think the ID laws protect against fraud and prevent legitimate participation, as well as which point of view voters find more compelling and whether or not attitudes towards voter identification are related to voter confidence.

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