2008 Survey of the Performance of American Elections

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Author(s): 
R. Michael Alvarez
Caltech; Thad Hall
University of Utah

The 2008 Survey of the Performance of American Elections is the first comprehensive nationwide study of how voters experienced the administration of elections in the United States. The main part of the survey involved interviewing 10,000 registered voters (200 in each state) over the Internet. An additional 2,000 registered voters were interviewed in ten states, providing the opportunity to compare how interview respondents answer questions about election administration in these two survey modes.

Also included is the Final Report:

Executive Summary
This study is based on the responses to an Internet survey of 200 registered voters in each of the 50
states, for a total of 10,000 observations overall. Individuals were asked about their experience
voting—either in-person on Election Day, in-person early, or absentee voting. Non-voters were
also surveyed. Below is a summary of key findings from the report.

Date Published: 
03/01/2009