2008 Presidential Elections

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.

MIT IST News

Link to Article: 
Newspaper: 
MIT IST News
Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Author(s): 
Robyn Fizz
Op-Ed
The 2000 presidential election is remembered for Florida’s hanging chads and highly controversial recount. The 2004 presidential election was similarly contentious, with concerns about improper voting procedures in several states, including the swing state of Ohio. Aspects of the entire voting process were called into question, from voter registration, to the unequal distribution of voting machines, to the accuracy of the count. Will the voting process be fairer and the final tally more accurate in 2008? And how will voting technology come into play?
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