Senate Rules Hearing on Voter Registration

Paul recently wrote about “voter registration modernization.”

I thought I’d give the link to hearings this morning before the U.S. Senate Rules and Administration committee: “Voter Registration: Assessing Current Problems.” Of particular interest is the testimony by Stephen Ansolabehere, where he uses data from the 2008 Cooperative Congressional Election Study to argue that: “4 to 5 million people report administrative procedures as the reason for not registering, and approximately 4 million of registered voters did not vote because of administrative problems, approximately the same magnitude as we saw in 2000. Improving registration and authentication systems ought to remain a high priority.”

There was a lot of election administration content on the 2008 CCES, including material that is going to be presented at the upcoming Midwest Political Science Association meetings in Chicago. More about that soon.