The Presidential Commission on Election Administration’s report is getting a lot of attention and praise following its release on Wednesday. One aspect of the report I want to highlight is the degree to which the Commission aimed to ground their findings in the best available research, academic and otherwise. It renews my faith that it [...]
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More new research on voter turnout: Hur and Achen in POQ on “Coding Voter Turnout Responses in the CPS”
Well, when it rains it pours! Just as I got done writing the post earlier today on the new paper by Hanmer et al. on voter turnout I discovered that a new paper by Aram Hur and Christopher H. Achen was just published in Public Opinion Quarterly. The Hur and Achen paper discusses an important [...]
New research on the over-reporting of turnout in surveys: Hanmer, Banks and White in Political Analysis
There’s an interesting analysis of over-reporting of turnout in the most recent issue of Political Analysis (the journal that I co-edit with Jonathan Katz). This paper, by Michael J. Hanmer, Antoine J. Banks, and Ismail K. White, looks at different means of asking survey questions about turnout. Here’s the abstract for “Experiments to Reduce the [...]
Just a reminder (and note to self!), submissions for JETS Volume 2, Number 3 are due on April 8, 2014! Here’s a link for additional information.
Right before the holidays, a new book came out by Jan E. Leighley and Jonathan Nagler, Who Votes Now? Demographics, Issues, Inequality, and Turnout in the United States. The book is published by Princeton University Press, and I strongly encourage everyone who is interested in voter participation in the United States to read this new [...]
There is a story this morning in the NY Times, “Texas Vote-Buying Case Casts Glare on Tradition of Election Day Goads” that details recent vote buying allegations in Texas. One of the interesting details in the story concerns what the alleged fraudsters were willing to pay for votes: Three women working as politiqueras in the [...]
IFES has put out this handy summary of “Elections to Watch“.
As Mike and Lonna noted, each of us have had less than pleasant encounters with school principals regarding polling places in schools and I have blogged about this before. In one of our many polling place observations in Southern California, Mike watched with some amusement when an elementary school principal expressed anger when I took [...]
There was an interesting story circulating over the weekend in many newspapers from the AP, discussing how in many states school officials are reconsidering the use of their facilities as polling places. Here’s the story, “Some schools want to stop serving as voting sites.” This reminded me that Thad Hall and I have written about [...]
Just for yucks, I made a word cloud (using Wordle) of all the hearings and public meetings of the Presidential Commission on Election Administration. It’s my gift to election geeks everywhere, with wishes for a happy new year.