Latest Research from the VTP

The Recruitment and Training of Poll Workers: What We Know from Scholarly Research

Working Paper No.: 
111
Date Published: 
09/06/2013
Author(s): 
Barry C. Burden, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Jeffrey Milyo, University of Missouri

In every election an army of temporary poll workers must be recruited and trained to both assist the public in exercising the right to vote and to enforce the rules governing the voting process.  These poll workers are geographically dispersed and serve as the front line workers interacting with tens of millions of voters.  Principal-agent theory suggests that this is a difficult task for election officials.

Lessons from the 2012 Election Administration and Voting Survey

Working Paper No.: 
113
Date Published: 
08/03/2013
Author(s): 
Charles Stewart III, MIT
Daron Shaw, UT Austin

Since our country’s inception, collecting appropriate data on elections and the administration of elections has been somewhat problematic, due to the fact that multiple levels of government are involved in running elections in the U.S. and because of difficulties in obtaining comparable information from the different states and localities.  Beginning with the 2004 elections, the Election Assistance Commission has conducted national surveys of election administrators in an effort to facilitate a better understanding of how U.S.

Reducing Obstacles to Voting for People with Disabilities

Working Paper No.: 
116
Date Published: 
06/22/2013
Author(s): 
Lisa Schur, Rutgers University

The Presidential Commission on Election Administration’s mission includes identifying best practices and making recommendations to promote voting accessibility and improve the experiences of voters with disabilities.  This White Paper reviews the evidence on voter turnout and voting difficulties among people with disabilities, and identifies best practices for removing obstacles that can limit their ability to exercise the right to vote.  As will be seen, while progress has been made, significantly more needs to be done to make the election system fully accessible.

Voting: What Has Changed, What Hasn't, & Why Research Bibliography

Working Paper No.: 
108
Date Published: 
01/09/2013
Author(s): 
R. Michael Alvarez, Caltech; Jonathan N. Katz, Caltech
Charles Stewart III, MIT; Ronald L. Rivest, MIT
Stephen Ansolabehere, Harvard; Thad E. Hall, University of Utah

Since the origins of the Caltech/MIT Voting Technology Project in the fall of 2000, there has been an explosion of research and analysis on election administration and voting technology.  As we worked throughout 2012 on our most recent study, Voting:  What Has Changed, What Hasn’t, & What Needs Improvement, we found many more research studies.  In this research bibliography, we present the research literature that we have found; future revisions of this research bibliography will update this list.

Voting Made Safe and Easy: The Impact of e-voting on Citizen Perceptions

Author(s): 
R. Michael Alvarez, Caltech
Ines Levin, University of Georgia
Julia Pomares, Center for Implementation of Public Policities Promoting Equity and Growth, Marcelo Leiras, Universidad de San Andres and Conicet
Journal: 
Political Science Research and Methods
pp: 
117-137
Link to Article: 
Date Published: 
06/12/2013

AbstractVoting technologies frame the voting experience. Different ways of presenting information to voters, registering voter choices and counting ballots may change the voting experience and cause individuals to re-evaluate the legitimacy of the electoral process. Yet few field experiments have evaluated how voting technologies affect the voting experience. This article uses unique data from a recent e-voting field experiment in Salta, Argentina to study these questions.

Voter Confidence In 2010: Voter Identification, perceptions of Fraud, Winning and Losing and the Voter Experience

Working Paper No.: 
103
Date Published: 
04/17/2011
Author(s): 
Lonna Rae Atkeson, University of New Mexico

Over the last decade, scholars of American politics have invested research time and effort into the study of election administration and election performance.

Voting Made Safe and Easy: The Impact of e-voting on Citizen Perceptions

Author(s): 
R. Michael Alvarez, Caltech
Ines Levin, University of Georgia
Julia Pomares, Center for Implementation of Public Policities Promoting Equity and Growth, Marcelo Leiras, Universidad de San Andres and Conicet
Journal: 
Political Science Research and Methods
pp: 
117-137
Link to Article: 
Date Published: 
06/12/2013

AbstractVoting technologies frame the voting experience. Different ways of presenting information to voters, registering voter choices and counting ballots may change the voting experience and cause individuals to re-evaluate the legitimacy of the electoral process. Yet few field experiments have evaluated how voting technologies affect the voting experience. This article uses unique data from a recent e-voting field experiment in Salta, Argentina to study these questions.

Measuring Election Performance

Working Paper No.: 
94
Date Published: 
12/11/2009
Author(s): 
R. Michael Alvarez
Caltech
Introduction The 2000 presidential election was one of the closest elections in American history. A margin of about 550,000 votes separated Al Gore from George Bush, only about 0.52% of votes cast. And despite the fact that Gore received more of the popular vote than Bush, after a contentious situation in Florida and a U.S. Supreme Court decision, Bush was the recipient of more Electoral College votes than Gore (271 to 266) and Bush became president.

Voting: What Has Changed, What Hasn't, & What Needs Improvement

Date Published: 
10/18/2012
Author(s): 
R. Michael Alvarez, Caltech; Jonathan N. Katz, Caltech
Charles Stewart III, MIT; Ronald L. Rivest, MIT
Stephen Ansolabehere, Harvard; Thad E. Hall, University of Utah

In this report, we examine how voting technologies and election administration in the United States have changed—or have not changed—since the controversial 2000 presidential election.

Waiting to Vote in 2012

Working Paper No.: 
110
Date Published: 
04/01/2013
Author(s): 
Charles Stewart III, MIT

Prepared for the conference on “The Voting Wars: Elections and the Law from Registration to Inauguration,” University of Virginia Law School, March 23, 2013, Charlottesville, Virginia.  This paper uses data from the 2008 and 2012 Survey of the Performance of American Elections, which was generously funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts, which bears no responsibility for the analysis found herein. Waiting in line to vote is one of the clichés of Election Day, whether the venue is Kenya or the United States.  The length of time waiting to vote has regularly been an issue in the voting wars of t

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