Latest Research from the VTP

Military Voting and the Law: Procedural and Technological Solutions to the Ballot Transit Problem

Working Paper No.: 
53
Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Author(s): 
Brian F. Roberts
Thad E. Hall
R. Michael Alvarez
No abstract available.

The Effect of Voter Identification Laws on Turnout

Working Paper No.: 
57
Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Author(s): 
Jonathan Katz
Delia Bailey
R. Michael Alvarez
Since the passage of the “Help America Vote Act” in 2002, nearly half of the states have adopted a variety of new identification requirements for voter registration and participation by the 2006 general election. There has been little analysis of whether these requirements reduce voter participation, especially among certain classes of voters. In this paper we document the effect of voter identification requirements on registered voters as they were imposed in states in the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections, and in the 2002 and 2006 midterm elections.

New Barriers to Participation: Application of New Mexico's Voter Identification Law

Working Paper No.: 
59
Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Author(s): 
Thad E. Hall
Kyle L. Saunders
Lisa A. Bryant
In democratic societies there is a tension between maximizing ballot access and minimizing voter fraud. Since the 2000 presidential election, this tension has been central to discussions about election reform, at the national and local level. We examine this tension by focusing on the implementation of voter identification laws in one state that has experienced significant issues in recent elections, and that is now implementing significant attempts at election reform: New Mexico.

Building Secure and Transparent Elections Through Standard Operating Procedures

Working Paper No.: 
65
Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Author(s): 
Thad E. Hall
R. Michael Alvarez
Election reform has evolved since the 2000 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.

Public Attitudes About Election Governance

Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Author(s): 
Thad E. Hall
R. Michael Alvarez
No abstract available.

The Introduction of Voter Registration and Its Effect on Turnout

Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Author(s): 
David M. Konisky
Stephen Ansolabehere
Studies of voter turnout across states find that those with more facilitative registration laws have higher turnout rates. Eliminating registration barriers altogether is estimated to raise voter participation rates by up to 10%. This article presents panel estimates of the effects of introducing registration that exploits changes in registration laws and turnout within states. New York and Ohio imposed registration requirements on all of their counties in 1965 and 1977, respectively.

Steps to Make Sure Your Vote is Counted: A Guide for California Voters

Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Author(s): 
Voting Technology Project
No abstract available.

Improving the Election Day Survey

Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Author(s): 
R. Michael Alvarez
Thad E. Hall
The collection of detailed election administration data from local and state jurisdictions across the United States has proven difficult. The problem is partly due to the decentralized nature of election administration in the United States but is exacerbated by the lack of a centralized reporting of election information. Following calls made for better reporting of election administration data in recent years from many groups, including the Caltech/MIT Voting Technology Project, the U.S.

Final Report: Oct '06 VTP Conference on Voter Registration & Authentication

Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Author(s): 
Voting Technology Project
No abstract available.

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