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Military Voting and the Law: Procedural and Technological Solutions to the Ballot Transit Problem

Author(s): 
Brian F. Roberts
Thad E. Hall
R. Michael Alvarez
Journal: 
Fordham Law Review
pp: 
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Date Published: 
11/30/2008
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Why Everything That Can Go Wrong Often Does: An Analysis of Election Administration Problems

Working Paper No.: 
10
Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Author(s): 
Thad E. Hall
The Century Foundation
R. Michael Alvarez
Before the 2000 presidential election, few citizens in the United States paid much attention to election administration. But scholars have noted that election administration has been a problem for decades. Despite the attention paid to election administration in the research literature, most public policy efforts in since 2000 have been focused on purchasing new voting equipment and fixing problematic procedures, and not on resolving some of the underlying problems in the process of conducting elections in America.

Whose Absentee Votes Are Counted?

Working Paper No.: 
6
Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Author(s): 
Thad E. Hall
The Century Foundation
R. Michael Alvarez
Absentee voting is becoming more prevalent throughout the United States. While there has been some research focused on who votes by absentee ballot, little research has considered another important question about absentee voting: Which absentee ballots are counted, and which are not? Research following the 2000 presidential election has studied the problem of uncounted ballots for precinct voters, but not for absentee voters.

Who Votes by Mail? A Dynamic Model of the Individual-Level Consequences of Vote-By-Mail Systems

Author(s): 
Nancy Burns
Adam Berinsky
Michael Traugott
Journal: 
Public Opinion Quarterly
pp: 
178-197
Link to Article: 
Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Election administrators and public officials often consider changes in electoral laws, hoping that these changes will increase voter turnout and make the electorate more reflective of the voting-age population. The most recent of these innovations is voting-by-mail (VBM), a procedure by which ballots are sent to an address for every registered voter. Over the last 2 decades, VBM has spread across the United States, unaccompanied by much empirical evaluation of its impact on either voter turnout or the stratification of the electorate.
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