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New MIT-led research effort applies the science of lines to the polling place

Now a unique MIT-led project aims to solve the problem of waiting in line by using Election Day field research to see exactly which parts of the voting process are causing the greatest bottlenecks.

http://newsoffice.mit.edu/2014/study-shorten-election-day-lines-1104

Using Simulation and Optimization to Cut Wait Times for Voters

By developing a tool that will help better prepare polling places, Caltech sophomore, Sean McKenna, who works with Professor of Political Science, Michael Alvarez, is hoping to minimize the time we spend in line at the polls.

https://www.hss.caltech.edu/news/tag_ids/31/Latest News

 

 

 

Best Paper Award at the EVOTE 2014 conference

Julia Pomares was given the Best Paper Award at the EVOTE 2014 conference for her joint paper with Ines Levin, R. Michael Alvarez, Guillermo Lopez Mirau, and Teresa Ovejero, “From Piloting to Roll-Out: Voting Experience and Trust in the First Full e-election in Argentina.”

Former Caltech Ph.D. student, Ines Levin, has done a number of election administration and voting technology projects. Ines is now a professor at the University of Georgia.

Financial support for the project was provided by The Voting Technology Project.

Abstract: Despite the conventional wisdom that e-voting would take place first in established democracies and later in developing countries, the speed of implementation has been higher in the developing world, especially in Latin America, with several countries such as Brazil, Venezuela, Argentina and Ecuador implementing e-voting methods. This paper looks at the experience of Salta, the first Argentine district rolling out e-voting for the entire electorate in 2013. Based on a survey of 1,000 voters in the 2013 provincial elections, the voter’s experience and confidence in the election process is analyzed. Among the key findings, there is a strong effect of a voter’s ability to use the voting machine without assistance on the overall support for e-voting and positive perceptions of integrity in the election process. These results have both theoretical and policy implications.

Election Day Research Project

Polling Process of the Future

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EVOTE 2014 conference

 
Ron Rivest's paper will be presented at the conference:
 
EVOTE2014 takes place from October 28-31, 2014 in Castle Hofen in Lochau/Bregenz, Austria. 
 
The 6th international conference on electronic voting brings together experts from academia, administration, government as well as business to discuss latest trends and developments at Castle Hofen. The conference is known for its interdisciplinary and open dialogue between all stakeholders of e-voting.
 
The EVOTE2014 conference theme is: Verifying the Vote!

Senate Rules and Administration committee @ 9:30am Eastern on May 14

Professor Charles Stewart III will be testifying before the Senate Rules and Administration committee at 9:30am Eastern Time on May 14th.  The hearings will be webcast live.  Professor Stewart will be producing some written testimony.

Voting Technology Project Election Toolkit

Election administrators face many challenges planning for and running elections. This website offers tools based on the expertise of election administrators, business managers, and social science researchers that can help election administrators plan and conduct elections.

Our goal is to demonstrate what is possible with such tools. The Election Management Toolkit is an open access place where technologies can be shared and improved. We launch this site with three key tools developed. We encourage you to use these tools and give us (and the developers) feedback on them.

http://web.mit.edu/vtp/

Western Political Science Association Conference

At the upcoming WPSA meeting on March 28-30 in Hollywood, CA, we have several colleagues who will be presenting papers, and participating in panels.Panel 26.04, Electoral Processes and Voting (Sarah Hill, from the University of Fullerton will be a discussant).Panel 26.06, Electoral Reform.Panel 26.08, Technology, Elections and Voting --- Lonna Atkeson from the University of New Mexico is the chair.Panel 26.10, Voter Turnout and Mobilization --- Betsy Sinclair, University of Chicago, is giving paper.You can see these and the others at:http://67.23.162.102/browse.asp

Western Political Science Association Conference

At the upcoming WPSA meeting on March 28-30 in Hollywood, CA, we have several colleagues who will be presenting papers, and participating in panels.Panel 26.04, Electoral Processes and Voting (Sarah Hill, from the University of Fullerton will be a discussant).Panel 26.06, Electoral Reform.Panel 26.08, Technology, Elections and Voting --- Lonna Atkeson from the University of New Mexico is the chair.Panel 26.10, Voter Turnout and Mobilization --- Betsy Sinclair, University of Chicago, is giving paper.You can see these and the others at:http://67.23.162.102/browse.asp

The state of the U.S. election system

When it comes to the integrity and accuracy of voting systems in the United States, the good news is that widespread technological upgrades have largely eliminated the voting-machine problems that were so evident when Florida’s disputed recount determined the 2000 presidential election.The bad news is that some of those improvements in accuracy could be undermined by increases in early voting through the mail, which is turning out to be a relatively low-accuracy method of voting, according to a new research report released by MIT and the California Institute of Technology.“A lot of changes over the last decade have made voting in America better,” says Charles Stewart III, the Kenan Sahin Distinguished Professor of Political Science at MIT, who co-authored the new report with five colleagues at four universities. “The possibility of a [situation like Florida’s 2000 election] is much lower now than it was 12 years ago.”However, Stewart adds, “We have possibly gotten way ahead of ourselves in encouraging people to vote by mail. It’s pretty clear that the improvement we’ve gotten by having better voting machines in the precincts may be given back by having more and more people voting at home.”

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