Latest Research from the VTP

Auditing the Election Ecosystem

Working Paper No.: 
85
Date Published: 
08/10/2009
Author(s): 
R. Michael Alvarez
Caltech
Lonna Rae Atkeson
Introduction

Detecting Voter Fraud in an Electronic Voting Context: An Analysis of the Unlimited Reelection Vote in Venezuela

Working Paper No.: 
83
Date Published: 
08/10/2009
Author(s): 
Michael Alvarez
Caltech
Peter Ordeshook
Abstract Between December 2007 and February 2009, Venezuelans participated twice in constitutional referenda where the elimination of presidential term limits was one of the most salient proposals. Assuming voter preferences

Racial Differences in Election Administration

Working Paper No.: 
82
Date Published: 
07/01/2009
Author(s): 
Charles Stewart III
MIT
Summary of talk • Election administration data • Turnout differences • Reasons for not registering and voting (Census Bureau data) • Voting administration and race (Pew/MIT Survey) – Lines – Voter identification

How Much is Enough? The "Ballot Order Effect" and the use of Social Science Research in Election Law Disputes

Working Paper No.: 
44
Date Published: 
01/01/2009
Author(s): 
R. Michael Alvarez
Betsy Sinclair
Richard L. Hasen
Previous empirical research and other related research from survey methodology holds that candidates listed first on an election ballot may gain some measure of advantage from this ballot placement. Using data from the 1998 general election in California, we test whether a candidate’s relative position on the ballot has any statistical effect on vote shares. We find little systematic evidence that candidate vote shares benefit from being listed first on the ballot.

2008 Survey of the Performance of American Elections

Working Paper No.: 
81
Date Published: 
07/01/2009
Author(s): 
Charles Stewart III
MIT
Survey Background • Gauging the quality of the voting experience • Research design – 200 respondents contacted in every state, or 10,000 total – Survey in the field the week following Nov. 4 – Pilot surveys conducted on in Nov. ’07 and Super Tuesday ’08 – Parallel nationwide survey • Limited set of questions • 32,800 total respondents

Internet Voting in Comparative Perspective: The Case of Estonia

Author(s): 
Alexander Treshsel
European University Institute in Florence
Italy
Journal: 
PS: Political Science & Politics
pp: 
497-505
Link to Article: 
Date Published: 
07/01/2009
Several countries have conducted Internet voting trials in binding public elections over the past decade, including Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. These trials have been conducted at the local and regional levels of government, targeting specific populations of voters. However, Estonia—a former Soviet republic and now a full member of the European Union—has advanced the farthest in deploying Internet voting. Since 2000, Estonia has conducted two national elections in which all voters could use Internet voting.

I Will Register, if You Teach Me How: Results from Voter Registration Field Experiments on College Campuses

Working Paper No.: 
7
Date Published: 
01/01/2009
Author(s): 
David W. Nickerson
University Notre Dame
Elizabeth A. Bennion
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Correcting for Survey Misreports using Auxiliary Information with an Application to Estimating Turnout

Working Paper No.: 
74
Date Published: 
05/01/2009
Author(s): 
Jonathan N. Katz
California Institute of Technology
Gabriel Katz
Abstract

Policy-based abstention in Brazil's 2002 presidential election

Working Paper No.: 
80
Date Published: 
04/01/2009
Author(s): 
Gabriel Katz
Caltech
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