I just ran across this recently-published paper in PNAS, by Rubin Enikolopov and colleagues, “Field Experiment Estimate of Electoral Fraud in Russian Parliamentary Elections.” Here is the abstract: Electoral fraud is a widespread phenomenon, especially outside the developed world. Despite abundant qualitative and anecdotal evidence on its existence from around the world, there is very [...]
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As Charles noted in his recent post on the new federal election commission, there is a lot of debate swirling around the commission and what it should focus on. Some additional details have come out recently, in particular some details in this morning’s New York Times story on the commission: The White House will also [...]
There has been a lot of commentary about the president’s election commission today, in response to the State of the Union speech. This is a busy teaching day for me, so I can’t put in my full two cents on this one, so I’ll add my ha’penny. The fact that election administration has attracted a [...]
In last night’s State of the Union address, President Obama announced the formation of a new election reform commission: When any American — no matter where they live or what their party — are denied that right because they can’t wait for five or six or seven hours just to cast their ballot, we are [...]
The Caltech/MIT Voting Technology Project has released a post-2012 election update, identifying three problems that need immediate attention. Here’s a summary from the update: First, the U.S. EAC and state and local election officials must study the reasons for long lines in November 2012. Expanding early voting may help. Also providing those locations with better-trained [...]
NPR’s story is here, don’t miss the analysis from MIT colleague Charles Stewart: Stewart says it’s not at all clear what causes long lines. He thinks better registration systems will help, but he’s not convinced that more early voting will ease the wait on Election Day. That could just as easily be the result of [...]
Final call for free access to Political Analysis Virtual Issue on Election Fraud and Electoral Integrity
The Virtual Issue on Election Fraud and Electoral Integrity, recently made available by Political Analysis, will only be available for free download for a short time. A new virtual issue is going to be published soon. So grab these papers while you still can get them free access!
Hot off the presses — USAID has released a report on electoral security, “Best Practices in Electoral Security: A Guide for Democracy and Governance Programming.” Looks like an interesting read for those interested the security and integrity of elections.
Reports out this morning indicate that the USPS is planning on eliminating Saturday postal delivery. This has important implications for the increasing tendency of states to expand opportunities for voting by mail. The elimination of Saturday delivery will mean that there will effectively be fewer days for people to receive their ballots pre-election, and for [...]
I’ve been mucking around in surveys other than my own that document how long voters wait to vote. I found that the Pew Research Center on the People and the Press asked this question in 2004, 2008, and 2012. Unfortunately, the response categories are different from those in the Survey of the Performance of American [...]