Herrnson, Niemi, Hanmer, Bederson, Conrad and Traugott: "Voting Technology: The Not-So-Simple Act of Casting a Ballot"

The long-awaited book by Paul S. Herrnson, Richard G. Niemi, Michael J. Hanmer, Benjamin B. Bederson, Frederick C. Conrad, and Michael W. Traugott, “Voting Technology: The Not-So-Simple Act of Casting A Ballot” has just been released by Brookings Institution Press. This book summarizes a number of studies that this research team has conducted in the past few years on voting technologies.

I’ll leave it to Thad and Paul to provide more detailed reactions to this book. At this point, I’ll just note that I joined Paul DeGregorio, Ray Martinez and Henry Brady in providing “advance praise” for the book, on the book’s back jacket. My comments were “In the aftermath of the 2000 Florida recount, it became clear that academic research on voting technology had been inadequate. This book pushes the research frontier forward substantially and provides the foundation for a new generation of research on voting technologies and election administration.”

Anyone interested in voting technology and election reform ought give this book a read.