Latest Research from the VTP

Augmenting Voting Interfaces to Improve Accessibility and Performance

Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Author(s): 
Lorin F. Wilde
Ted Selker
Jonathan A. Goler
Reading disabled (RD) voters represent approximately 1 in 7 voters. Current electronic voting technologies exhibit substantially different error rates between RD voters and non-RD voters. These error rates are not consistent. For example, full-faced voting systems are better suited for RD individuals, while page-by-page systems are better for non-RD voters. We seek to analyze the differences in the voter’s performance in order to build interfaces that reduce mistakes and errors for both RD and non-RD voters.

Towards Better Voting Technology Research: Building a Research-Industry Dialogue

Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Author(s): 
Voting Technology Project
On March 13, 2007, the Caltech/MIT Voting Technology Project convened a Voting Systems Vendor Workshop on the Caltech campus involving a small group of academics and representatives from the voting systems industry. As an outcome of this one-day event, we present the following report and recommendations. This event was supported by grants from The Carnegie Corporation of New York and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. We thank them for their support of our ongoing efforts.

Internet Voting in Comparative Perspective: The Case of Estonia.

Author(s): 
Alexander Treshsel
European University Institute in Florence
Italy
Journal: 
PS: Political Science & Politices
pp: 
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Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Forthcoming

An Empirical Bayes Approach to Estimating Ordinal Treatment Effects

Working Paper No.: 
67
Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Author(s): 
Jonathan N. Katz
Caltech
Delia Bailey
Ordinal variables — categorical variables with a defined order to the categories, but without equal spacing between them — are frequently used in social science applications. Although a good deal of research exists on the proper modeling of ordinal response variables, there is not a clear directive as to how to model ordinal treatment variables. The usual approaches found in the literature for using ordinal treatment variables are either to use fully unconstrained, though additive, ordinal group indicators or to use a numeric predictor constrained to be

Building Secure and Transparent Elections through Standard

Author(s): 
R. Michael Alvarez
Caltech
Thad Hall
Journal: 
Public Administration Review
pp: 
828-838
Link to Article: 
Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Election reform has evolved since the 2000 presidential election. One issue that has remained at the forefront of public debate is how to build confidence in the election process. The foundation for confidence is based on procedures for electoral security and transparency. In this article, the authors use legal theories of evidence and public administration theories related to standard operating procedures to consider how election fraud - and claims of fraud - can be prevented by having effective and rigorous chain of custody procedures.

Flooding The Vote: Hurricane Katrina and Voter Participation in New Orleans

Working Paper No.: 
70
Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Author(s): 
Thad E. Hall
University of Utah
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The flooding of New Orleans from Hurricane Katrina resulted in a massive and rapid exodus of individuals from New Orleans to locations around the United States. In the midst of the hurricane recovery, the City of New Orleans reelected Mayor Ray Nagin to a second term in office. Arguments regarding when this election would be held were

Voting Online Around The World

Author(s): 
Thad E. Hall
University of Utah
R. Michael Alvarez
Journal: 
Voting in America Volume 3
pp: 
137-143
Link to Article: 
Date Published: 
11/30/2008
In 2000 there were a number of notable efforts in the United States to use Internet voting. In that year, two presidential primary elections-the Alaska Republican "straw poll" and the Arizona Democratic primary-included remote Internet access as one channel for voting (along with traditional by-mail and in­precinct voting).

Election Technology and the Voting Experience in 2008

Working Paper No.: 
71
Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Author(s): 
Charles Stewart III
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Draft of March 25, 2009

E-Voting: Perspectives and Experiences

Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Author(s): 
Edited by S Jaya Krishna and Naveen Kumar
Chapter 14
Lessons and Trends in E-Voting: Initiatives in the US and Abroad by R. Michael Alvarez and Thad E. Hall

Where the Good Signatures Are: The Number and Validity Rates of Initiative Petition Signatures Gathered in California Counties

Working Paper No.: 
13
Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Author(s): 
Frederick J. Boehmke
University of Iowa
R. Michael Alvarez
One of the biggest hurdles to qualifying an initiative for the ballot is gathering the required number of signatures. Yet little is known about these signatures' representativeness or demographic origin. Using data from eight recent California initiatives, we study the distribution of signatures across counties. We ten conduct regression analysis to study how characteristics of counties relate to the number of signatures gathered there.

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