Latest Research from the VTP

Assessing voters' attitudes towards electronic voting in Latin America: Evidence from Colombia's 2007 e-voting pilot

Working Paper No.: 
92
Date Published: 
10/01/2009
Author(s): 
Hugo E. Martinez
Universidad Industrial de Santander
R. Michael Alvarez
Abstract. Electronic voting could increase citizens' electoral participation and trust in countries characterized by fragile democratic institutions and public discredit of the political system such as those in Latin America. This paper examines attitudes towards e-voting among participants in a large scale pilot project conducted in Colombia in 2007, focusing on the perceived reliability and usability of di

The Human Dimension of Elections: How Poll Workers Shape Public Confidence in Elections

Working Paper No.: 
90
Date Published: 
09/01/2009
Author(s): 
J. Quin Monson
Brigham Young University
Kelly D. Patterson
This article examines the role that poll workers play in the perceptions that voters have about the overall quality of elections and democracy more generally. Although the 2000 election opened up a wideranging examination of the electoral process in the United States, there has been little consideration given to the role of administration and management in the electoral process and in confidence in election outcomes (cf. Hall 2003; Alvarez and Hall 2006).

The Human Dimension of Elections: How Poll Workers Shape Public Confidence in Elections

Author(s): 
Kelly D. Patterson
Brigham Young University
J. Quin Monson
Journal: 
Political Research Quarterly
pp: 
507-522
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Date Published: 
09/01/2009
This article examines the role that poll workers play in the perceptions that voters have about the overall quality of elections and democracy more generally. Although the 2000 election opened up a wideranging examination of the electoral process in the United States, there has been little consideration given to the role of administration and management in the electoral process and in confidence in election outcomes (cf. Hall 2003; Alvarez and Hall 2006).

Up to the promise? The Impact of Electronic Voting on Trust in the Election Process in Latin America

Working Paper No.: 
89
Date Published: 
10/01/2009
Author(s): 
Julia Pomares
London School of Economics
Gabriel Katz
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A new barrier to participation: Heterogeneous application of voter

Author(s): 
Thad E. Hall
Kyle Saunders
Lonna Rae Atkeson
Journal: 
Electoral Studies
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A Data-Centered Look at the Election of 2008

Working Paper No.: 
88
Date Published: 
09/01/2009
Author(s): 
Charles Stewart III
MIT
My expertise is in trying to use data to identify where election problems lie in America, especially at a broad level --- such as comparing states with each other or comparing counties with each other. I know that the purpose of today’s conference is to think about LA County, but there are lessons to be learned from looking across the country. So, what I thought I would do today is look at the election of 2008 to ask what do the data tell us about the experience of voters nationwide on Election Day?

Voting Technology and Innovation

Working Paper No.: 
86
Date Published: 
08/01/2009
Author(s): 
Thad E. Hall
University of Utah
The 2008 election was different from the last two presidential elections in that there was a clear winner on Election Day and the winner was a Democrat, Barack Obama. Controversies over voting technology that raged in 2000 and 2004 were relatively dormant. Instead, the election controversies that did come up were mostly discussions of lines to vote. This lack of discussion does not mean that there were not important issues related to voting technology that took place in 2008, just that they were not things deemed important by the media.

Interstate Voter Registration Database Matching: The Oregon-Washington 2008 Pilot Project

Working Paper No.: 
84
Date Published: 
08/10/2009
Author(s): 
Jeff Jonas
Entity Analytics
William E. Winkler
Abstract Voter registration databases maintain lists of registered voters that are used to determine who is and is not eligible to vote in an election. As such, accurate voter registration databases form a cornerstone of the electoral process. In the United States, each state maintains its own voter registration database. It is not uncommon for a voter to become registered in two states, for example as a result of moving from one state to the other or of living in one state and working in one another.

Resolving Voter Registration Problems: Making Registration Easier, Less Costly and More Accurate

Working Paper No.: 
87
Date Published: 
08/01/2009
Author(s): 
Thad E. Hall
University of Utah
R. Michael Alvarez
Introduction The practice of voter registration has a long history in the United States. In 1800, Massachusetts was the first state to impose a voter registration requirement. By Reconstruction, voter registration was used in a handful of states, typically in urban areas, as a tool to prevent multiple voting. By early in the twentieth century, most states required voter registration.

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