Tracking and Explaning Election Incidents

I’m back from a morning of teaching, and the incident reports are piling up. Kudos to Tova, Rick, Ned, Dan, Doug, and others for keeping this on an even keel. It’s hard not to say “I told you so.”

I just looked at Tova Wang’s incident reporting system (here)–the main site for the system is the Voter Protection Center ( The map is useful as a tracking device, but hopefully these data will be made public after the election, so we can adjust some of these figures by the number of voters, precincts, types of machines, etc.

So it’s no accident that California–as the most populous state–has one of the highest numbers of reported incidents. The issue is going to be whether certain combinations of poll worker training, machines, and electoral environments lead to a higher or lower level of reported incidents.