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The State of the Voting Systems Industry: Scytl Receives Major Investment

Over the years, various VTP reports and publications have discussed the need for a more vibrant and innovative voting systems industry (for a recent example, see the 2012 VTP report, Voting: What Has Changed, What Hasn’t, and What Needs Improvement). In fact, we will be discussing this in my undergraduate elections class at Caltech this [...]

JETS submission deadline

The deadline for submissions for the next issue of JETS is rapidly approaching! See this URL for more information: https://www.usenix.org/jets/issues/0203/call-for-articles

PCEA research white papers

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. ┬áIt renews my faith that it [...]

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 [...]

JETS — Journal of Election Technology and Systems call for papers

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.

Leighley and Nagler, Who Votes Now?

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 [...]

Vote buying allegations in Texas

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 2014 Elections to Watch

IFES has put out this handy summary of “Elections to Watch“.

My Two Cents on Schools as Polls

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 [...]