Latest Research from the VTP

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.

Election Day Voter Registration in Iowa

Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Author(s): 
R. Michael Alvarez
Jonathan Nagler
We have analyzed the likely impact of adoption of election day registration (EDR) by the state of Iowa. Consistent with existing research on the impact of EDR in other circumstances, we find that EDR would likely lead to substantial increases in voter turnout. We are able to offer the following estimates of increases in turnout for Iowa, and for specific groups of Iowans under EDR:
  • Overall turnout could go up by 4.9 percent.
  • Turnout among those aged 18 to 25 could increase by 10.7 percent under EDR.

Internet Voting in the March 2007 Parliamentary Elections in Estonia

Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Author(s): 
Guido Schwerdt
Fabian Breuer
R. Michael Alvarez
This study presents and analyzes the results of a survey among the electorate of the Estonian parliamentary elections held on 4 March 2007. The primary focus of the analysis lies on the newly introduced possibility of voting via the Internet in these elections. The application of this pioneering voting channel gave the elections an exclusive character and provoked enormous attention in the political as well as in the scientific community.

Mobilizing Pasadena Democrats: Measuring The Effects of Partisan Campaign Contacts

Working Paper No.: 
66
Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Author(s): 
Betsey Sinclair
Asa Hopkins
Michael Alvarez
This paper examines the effect of an entire campaign using a randomized field experiment here the treatment consists of campaign decisions made by a campaign manager. In contrast

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