Latest Research from the VTP

Recently Released GAO Report

Date Published: 
09/30/2014
Author(s): 
United States Government Accountability Office

See www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-850. Professor Stewart's data is cited in their report!

The Measure of American Elections

Date Published: 
07/01/2014
Author(s): 
Barry C. Burden
Charles Stewart, III

Mitigating Coercion, Maximizing Confidence in Postal Elections

Author(s): 
Jacob Quinn Shenker
R. Michael Alvarez
Journal: 
USENIX Journal of Election Technology and Systems (JETS)
Link to Article: 
Date Published: 
07/01/2014

Partisanship and Voter Confidence, 2000-2012

Working Paper No.: 
125
Date Published: 
06/01/2014
Author(s): 
Michael W. Sances, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Charles Stewart III, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Abstract:  To what degree is voter confidence in election procedures driven by satisfaction with the outcome of an election, as opposed to trust in government or objective features of the polling place, such as voting technology?  Using approximately 30 national surveys over the past decade, we find a consistent relationship between voting for the winner and confidence in election administration.  This confidence varies as a function of question wording and electoral context.  Respondents are more confident in the quality of the vote count locally than nationally.  They are

Written Testimony of Charles Stewart III Before the U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration

Working Paper No.: 
123
Date Published: 
05/14/2014
Author(s): 
Charles Stewart III, MIT

Charles Stewart III testifies before the U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration on May 14th.

THERE IS A NEED FOR A MORE DATA-CENTERED APPROACH TO ELECTION ADMINISTRATION. 

Election policymaking would greatly benefit from metrics-based policymaking, and the development of measures similar to those in policy areas like education and health care.

Elections are awash in data, managing elections is increasingly metrics-driven, and a growing network of experts is dedicated to a metrics-based approach to improving elections.

Practical Provably Correct Voter Privacy Protecting End-to-End Voting Employing Multiparty Computations and Split Value Representations of Votes

Working Paper No.: 
124
Date Published: 
05/12/2014
Author(s): 
Ronald L. Rivest, MIT CSAIL
Michael O. Rabin, Harvard, SEAS, Columbia SEAS

Abstract. Continuing the work of Rabin and Rivest [1] we present another simple and fast method for conducting end to end voting and allowing public verification of correctness of the announced vote tallying results. This method was referred to in [1] as the SV/VCP method. In the present note voter privacy protection is achieved by use of a simple form of Multi Party Computations (MPC). At the end of vote tallying process, random permutations of the cast votes are publicly posted in the clear, without identification of voters or ballot ids.

Do Voters and Poll Workers Differ in their Attitudes Toward e-voting? Evidence from the first e-election in Salta, Argentina

Author(s): 
Julia Pomares, Center for the Implementation of Public Promoting Equity and Growth
Ines Levin, University of Georgia
R. Michael Alvarez, California Institute of Technology
Journal: 
Journal of Election Technology and Systems
pp: 
1-10
Link to Article: 
Date Published: 
04/01/2014

We provide an analysis of voter and poll worker perceptions of the advantages and disadvantages of a new e-voting system vis–à–vis traditional ballot-and-envelope voting in the 2011 election in Salta, Argentina. The results of this comparison provide new insights into how poll workers perceive the implementation of new voting technologies and show that both points of view need to be taken into account when assessing new election technology. We found that speed is perceived to be the most important advantage of e-voting; and more so for poll workers than for voters.

In Line or Online? American Voter Registration in the Digital Era

Working Paper No.: 
121
Date Published: 
02/18/2014
Author(s): 
Allyson Pellissier, Caltech

Abstract

Online voter registration is one of the most recent e

Practical End-to-End Verifiable Voting via Split-Value Representations and Randomized Partial Checking

Working Paper No.: 
122
Date Published: 
04/03/2014
Author(s): 
Ronald L. Rivest, MIT CSAIL
Michael O. Rabin, Harvard, SEAS, Columbia SEAS

Abstract

We describe how to use Rabin's "split-value" representations, originally developed for use in secure auctions, to e

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