Latest Research from the VTP

Can We Trust The Machines?

Author(s): 
Walter R. Mebane Jr.
Journal: 
Science Magazine
pp: 
322
Link to Article: 
Date Published: 
10/31/2008
Since the 2000 U.S. presidential election, many have worked to increase voters’ confidence that election results are fair and correct. One theme from 2000 was that the technology used to record votes—especially punchcard ballots—was deficient and needed to be replaced. The Help America Vote Act of 2002 provided federal funds for states to acquire electronic voting machines or optically scanned paper ballots. New controversy arose when computer scientists and others complained that the recommended technologies were far from being up to the task. The

Fraud, Elections and the American Gene in Taiwan’s Democracy

Working Paper No.: 
1
Date Published: 
08/10/2008
Author(s): 
Lichun Chiang
Peter C. Ordeshook
Using several indicators that have been applied elsewhere to detect election fraud using official election returns, this essay takes close look at Taiwan’s three most recent presidential contests. However, rather than simply see if we can find evidence of fraud in those returns, we also see how close the patterns in the numbers mimic what we find in the United States and in this way offer a measure of the extent to which America’s “genetic gene” has taken root in Taiwan.

Access Versus Integrity in Voter Identification Requirements

Working Paper No.: 
58
Date Published: 
01/31/2007
Author(s): 
Stephen Ansolabehere
No abstract available.

The Influence of Initiative Signature Gathering Campaigns on Political Participation (II)

Working Paper No.: 
45
Date Published: 
11/30/2005
Author(s): 
R. Michael Alvarez
Frederick J. Boehmke
Does direct democracy increase political participation?

Application of Lean Management Principles to Election Systems

Working Paper No.: 
42
Date Published: 
01/31/2006
Author(s): 
Tomer Posner
No abstract or file available.Lean was first adopted as a management technique for improving results in manufacturing environments. It is based on the 5 principles of identifying the Value to be created, mapping the Value-Stream (incremental addition of value), ensuring process Flow, orienting the process towards the Pull of the customer and finally eliminating all Waste through a process of continuous improvement. This framework is highly adaptable, and has been applied in recent years to non-manufacturing efforts, such as product development and the retail and service industries.

Essays on causal inference and political representation

Date Published: 
05/31/2007
Author(s): 
Delia Bailey
No abstract or file available.

Political Networks: When a Democrat Votes Republican"

Date Published: 
05/31/2007
Author(s): 
Betsy Sinclair
No abstract or file available.

Is It Better to be First or Last? The Ballot Order Effect

Working Paper No.: 
33
Date Published: 
06/30/2005
Author(s): 
Betsy Sinclair
No abstract available.

Where We Have Been, Where We Are Going: Project Update

Date Published: 
01/01/2003
Author(s): 
Voting Technology Project
Americans are proud of their democracy. But the controversy over the Florida election recount revealed profound flaws in the way we vote. Immediately after the 2000 election, the smooth transition of government, a hallmark of American democracy, seemed to hang on the workings of antiquated computer technology -- the punch card. Even more profoundly, the 2000 and 2002 elections both revealed that the electoral process itself is evolving due to the impact of new information technologies, especially computer literacy and accessibility.

Residual Vote in the 2004 Election

Author(s): 
Charles Stewart III
Journal: 
Election Law Journal
pp: 
158-169
Link to Article: 
Date Published: 
04/01/2006
No abstract available.

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