Latest Research from the VTP

Long Lines at Polling Stations? Observations from an Election Day Field Study.

Working Paper No.: 
8
Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Author(s): 
Zachary S. Markovits
Pew Center on the States
Douglas M. Spencer
ABSTRACT

The effects of Election Day vote centers on voter experiences

Working Paper No.: 
6
Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Author(s): 
Greg Vonnahme
University of Alabama
Robert M. Stein
1. Introduction Election Day vote centers, first adopted in Larimer County, Colorado in 2003, were used in 21 Colorado counties and a number of counties in Texas and Indiana in the 2008 Presidential Election. Election Day vote centers are intended to make Election Day voting more convenient and accessible and thereby increase voter turnout, especially among infrequent voters. The evidence to date demonstrates that vote centers have had a significant and positive effect on voter turnout, especially among infrequent voters (Stein and Vonnahme 2008; 2009). Why?

Building Secure and Transparent Elections Through Standard Operating Procedures

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

Security Vulnerabilities and Problems with VVPT

Working Paper No.: 
16
Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Author(s): 
Jonathan Goler
MIT
Ted Selker
A proposed Voter Verifiable Paper Trail (VVPT) includes a printed ballot as a receipt that a voter can view to verify their vote before leaving an electronic voting machine. This method is also supposed to insure the accuracy of the recorded vote by allowing the tally to be checked later by counting the collected receipts.

The Reliability of Electronic Voting Machines in Georgia

Working Paper No.: 
20
Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Author(s): 
Charles Stewart III
No abstract available.

Immediate Steps To Avoid Lost Votes In The 2004 Presidential Election: Recommendations For The Election Assistance Commission

Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Author(s): 
Voting Technology Project
We recommend four immediate steps that the Election Assistance Commision (EAC) should take to improve the electoral process for the November 2004 presidential election. We also provide below a number of other steps that we believe are necessary for avoiding lost votes in the presidential election this fall. However, as time and resources are limited, we recognize that these additional steps might be difficult to achieve nationwide by November.

An Active Approach to Voting Verification

Working Paper No.: 
28
Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Author(s): 
Sharon Cohen
Ted Selker
As our voting systems have come to rely more deeply on computer technology there have been great opportunities to improve the voting process, however, recently computer scientists and the general public have become wary of the amount of trust we place in the computers running our elections. Many proposals for audit systems to monitor our elections have been created. One popular audit system is the voter verified paper audit trail (VVPAT). Another more recent proposal is the voter verified audio audit transcript trail (VVAATT).

Precinct Voting Denial of Service

Working Paper No.: 
39
Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Author(s): 
R. Michael Alvarez
No abstract available.

Potential Threats to Statewide Voter Registration Systems

Working Paper No.: 
40
Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Author(s): 
R. Michael Alvarez
No abstract available.

Challenges Facing the American Electoral System: Research Priorities for the Social Sciences

Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Author(s): 
Michael Traugott
Samuel Popkin
Nelson W. Polsby
This report summarizes the activities and findings of the National Research Commission on Elections and Voting, organized in October, 2004 by the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) to serve as a scholarly resource for nonpartisan insight into challenges facing the American electoral process.

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