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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 [...]

Reconsidering schools as polling places in the U.S.

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 [...]

World cloud of Election Commission hearings and public meetings

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.

Remembering Charles Vest

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 [...]

Big Data and Polling

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!

Boston voters benefit from HAVA

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 [...]

Argentina’s elections

Here’s a Q&A, between myself, Francisco Cantu and Sebastian Saiegh, regarding the current elections in Argentina.

Reflections on polling place design

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 [...]