Fraud, Convenience, and E-Voting: How Voting Experience Shapes Opinions About Voting Technology
Working Paper No.:  132
Date Published:  2017-01-30

Author(s):

R. Michael Alvarez, California Institute of Technology

Ines Levin, University of California, Irvine

Yimeng Li, California Institute of Technology

Abstract:

In this article we study previous experiences with voting technologies, support for e-voting, and perceptions of voter fraud, using data from the 2015 Cooperative Congressional Election Study. We find that voters prefer systems they have used in the past, that priming voters with fraud cues causes them to support lower-tech alternatives to touch-screen voting machines, but that concerns about voter fraud do not produce support for changing voting systems. We show that decreased voter confidence leads to higher support for lower-tech technologies, while those who have used e-voting systems in the past will continue to favor casting their ballots electronically.

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