Charles Vest, former MIT president, passed away recently. There is a wonderful statement about his contributions on the MITnews site. Chuck touched the lives of many academics over the course of his career, and we wanted to celebrate his role in the establishment and success of the Caltech/MIT Voting Technology Project. The genesis of the [...]
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I recently wrote on Big Data (“Is big data a big deal in political science?”) and on polling accuracy (“Polling accuracy”) over on the OUPblog!
One of the requirements in HAVA was that voting machines start warning voters when they over- and under-voted ballots. I have just been shown a small example of why this was a good requirement. Boston had a very interesting (and important) mayoral election this year. I previously blogged about the layout of the polling places [...]
Here’s a Q&A, between myself, Francisco Cantu and Sebastian Saiegh, regarding the current elections in Argentina.
I spent yesterday visiting five different polling places in Boston (one of them twice), during the preliminary mayoral election. I chose the precincts randomly, though I used a method that assured me I would hit some big-registration precincts and some smaller ones. One of the things I did was sketch the layout of each of [...]
A piece in this morning’s NY Times asks the question, “Why Must Voting Be So Hard?” While the piece focuses on Texas, the question is one that applies nationally. For some solutions and ways to make voting easier, see the study that the VTP published after the 2012 presidential elections, “Voting: What Has Changed, What [...]
Here is the first issue of JETS, “The USENIX Journal of Election Technology and Systems.” A nice collection of articles representing the cutting edge of research in voting technology!
It seems that there will be recall elections in Colorado soon, according to reports in the news (“Facing a Recall After Supporting Stronger Gun Laws in Colorado”). That reminded me of a post I wrote back in 2011, when recall elections in Wisconsin were in the news. That post was about the research that was [...]
A new Gallup poll, just released, finds that 64% of American’s don’t want their kids to go into politics as a career. There are two interesting patterns reported in the Gallup data. The first is a sizable order effect: When Gallup asks about a daughter going into politics first, 37% say they would like to [...]
I’ve started taking a look at some survey research I did this past election into attitudes about voting technology, for a book chapter I’m writing with my graduate student, James Dunham. Something I hear a lot is that young people expect to do everything online. One implication of this (supposedly) is that one day, we [...]