Latest Research from the VTP

Making Voter Registration Easier: Evaluation of the "Welcome Kit" Voter Registration Pilot Project

Date Published: 
01/22/2010
Author(s): 
R. Michael Alvarez
Caltech
Thad E. Hall
The “Make Voter Registration Easier” (MVRE) pilot project, in the field from February 2008 through May 2009, provided voter registration forms in the “Welcome Kit” packages that were sent to households that changed their address in three postal markets: Columbus, Cleveland, and Cincinnati. The first two markets are exclusively in Ohio and the Cincinnati market includes households in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. This report provides a thorough quantitative and qualitative evaluation of this pilot project, with detailed analyses provided in subsequent chapters.

Election administration in New Jersey and Virginia gubernatorial elections

Date Published: 
01/14/2010
Author(s): 
Charles Stewart III
MIT
Conducting the fourth in a series of surveys to gauge the experience of voters at the polls, a team of researchers associated with the Caltech/MIT Voting Technology Project studied the experience of 2,500 registered voters each in New Jersey and Virginia immediately following the November 3, 2009 gubernatorial elections.

Evaluating New Voting Technologies in Latin America

Working Paper No.: 
93
Date Published: 
12/14/2009
Author(s): 
R. Michael Alvarez
Caltech
Gabriel Katz
Having remained virtually unchanged since the enactment of universal and secret suffrage at the end of the nineteenth century, voting procedures are undergoing a radical transformation in many countries through the introduction of electronic methods of voting. Almost 30 countries around the world are currently in process of testing or implementing electronic voting, and in at least 10 countries e-voting is the main method used to elect national representatives (Alvarez and Hall 2008; Pomares 2009).

Assessing the Impact of E-Voting Technologies on Electoral Outcomes: an Analysis of Buenos Aires' 2005 Congressional Election

Working Paper No.: 
91
Date Published: 
08/10/2009
Author(s): 
Ernesto Calvo
University of Houston
Marcelo Escolar
Abstract: Using data from an e-voting experiment conducted in the 2005 Congressional Election in Argentina, we estimate the effect of different e-voting technologies on the likelihood that citizens cast their vote for different parties for the National Congress and the Legislature of Buenos Aires.

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
Link to Article: 
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
pp: 
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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?

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