Latest Research from the VTP

Insuring The Integrity Of The Electoral Process: Recommendations For Consistent And Complete Reporting Of Election Data

Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Author(s): 
Voting Technology Project
Many factors affect the quality of election administration. To name a few, personnel, preparation, equipment, polling places and legal regulations each play a role in determining how well the voting process works. However, an election in a democratic nation is actually an accounting procedure. Voter preferences must be counted precisely and fairly so that the correct, winning candidates can take their positions and those who lose can vacate theirs. A variety of steps can be implemented to insure that an election is just, accurate, trustworthy, and can withstand expert and public scrutiny.

Voter Removal from Registration List Based on Name Matching is Unreliable

Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Author(s): 
Alexandre Buer
Ted Selker
No abstract available.

On The Discrepancy Between Party Registration and Presidential Vote in Florida

Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Author(s): 
Voting Technology Project
  1. Allegations have surfaced on the Internet about aparent anomalies between partisan voter registration statistics and the Bush-Kerry vote in certain Florida counties.
  2. Our examination of these allegations is that they do not provide evidence for election fraud; rather they are clearly the result of political changes in Florida -- counties with the greatest apparents disparities are those that are closely aligned with the "Dixiecrat" South.

Rational and Pluralistic Approaches to HAVA Implementation

Working Paper No.: 
22
Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Author(s): 
Thad E. Hall
R. Michael Alvarez
The Help America Vote Act (HAVA) has created a new dynamic for the oversight and implementation of federal elections, requiring states to assume greater control of election processes vis-a-vis their local governments than was previously the case in most states. We consider how HAVA has changed the relationship between states and localities, especially through the HAVA planning process. We examine two approaches that states have used in HAVA planning—a rational approach and a pluralistic approach—and how each can shape the power relationship between states and localities.

Residual Vote in the 2004 Election

Working Paper No.: 
25
Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Author(s): 
Charles Stewart III
No abstract available.

The Influence of Initiative Signature Gathering Campaigns on Political Participation

Working Paper No.: 
27
Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Author(s): 
R. Michael Alvarez
Frederick J. Boehmke
Does direct democracy increase political participation? Rather than focus on state-level effects of the initiative process, this paper studies the effect of signature gathering campaigns on participation within a state. To this end we test whether parts of the state that are subject to more intense signature gathering campaigns, measured by the number of signatures gathered per capita, experience greater levels of political participation. We examine three measures of participation: registration, turnout, and ballot rolloff.

Voter Registration: Past, Present, and Future

Working Paper No.: 
30
Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Author(s): 
R. Michael Alvarez
The Caltech/MIT Voting Technology Project identified problems with voter registration as a pressing problem in the 2000 presidential election; between 1.5 and 3 million votes were lost due to voter registration problems in that election. Voter registration is a central component of the election management process in the United States, and is an important foundation for how elections are administered.

Testimony on Voter Verification

Working Paper No.: 
31
Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Author(s): 
Ted Selker
No abstract available.

Machines Versus Humans: The Counting and Recounting of Pre-Scored Punchcard Ballots

Working Paper No.: 
32
Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Author(s): 
Sarah A. Hill
Jonathan N. Katz
R. Michael Alvarez
No abstract available.

California Votes: The Promise of Election Day Registration

Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Author(s): 
R. Michael Alvarez
Stephen Ansolabehere
Election day registration will produce higher voter participation in California.
  • States that have adopted EDR have witnessed a 3 to 6 percentage point increase in participation among the voting-age population.
  • Voting among young people and those who have moved in the last six months in nearly 15 percentage points higher in states with EDR.
  • California might experience an even larger increase in turnout--perhaps as much as 9 percentage points--because California has a younger and more mobile population

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