Category Archives: US Election

Survey on the Performance of American Elections Data Available

As part of my pre-Thanksgiving clean-up, I have finally gotten around to posting the data sets and documentation for three surveys my colleagues and I did in 2007 and 2008 to gauge the quality of American elections. The studies were funded by Pew, as part of their Make Voting Work Initiative, along with the late, [...]

Groups Aim To Ease Overseas Voting For Americans

Pam Fessler did a story on NPR about overseas voting.   She notes that most people listening to her report have 48 more days before they vote in this year’s elections. But for an estimated 6 million Americans living overseas or serving in the military, deadlines to receive and cast a ballot are rapidly approaching, and [...]

Traffic study claims that driving to vote could be hazardous

Here’s a link to a story about this study, to be published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association, that claims that traffic deaths are higher than expected otherwise on Election Day. Here’s a quick summary of the study: The researchers looked at traffic-related deaths during polling hours on presidential Election Days and [...]

On Swing Voters in the Presidential Election, with KPCC's Patt Morrison

I did a short piece on Friday afternoon, with KPCC-FM’s Patt Morrison, on swing voters in the 2008 presidential election. I know it’s not exactly voting technology and election administration, but it might be of interest to readers. Here’s the link to the audio clip.

The Primaries in the Semantic Web – US Election Monitor 2008

Now as the primaries heat up, I would like to point you to a project by my colleague Arno Scharl from the Modul University here in Vienna, Austria. It’s the a follow up to the Election Monitor he did for the 2004 presidential elections. He uses semantic web technology to analyze both the attention and [...]