The Presidential Commission on Election Administration’s report is getting a lot of attention and praise following its release on Wednesday. One aspect of the report I want to highlight is the degree to which the Commission aimed to ground their findings in the best available research, academic and otherwise. It renews my faith that it may be possible to build a field of election administration that is more technocratic than it currently is.
The report’s appendix, available through the supportthevoter.gov web site, is a valuable resource on the available research about each aspect of the commission’s charge.
I want to lift up an important subset of that appendix, which is a collection of white papers written by a collection of scholars, drawn from a variety of fields and perspectives, that summarized the large literatures that were relevant to the commission’s work. A collection of those papers has been assembled in one place, on the VTP web site, so that others might have easy access to them. Here are the authors and subjects:
- Barry C. Burden and Jeffrey Milyo, “The Recruitment and Training of Poll Workers: What We Know from Scholarly Research”
- Barry C. Burden and Brian J. Gaines, “Administration of Absentee Ballot Programs”
- Charles Stewart III and Daron Shaw, “Lessons from the 2012 Election Administration and Voting Survey”
- Charles Stewart III and Stephen Ansolabehere, “Waiting in Line to Vote”
- Daron Shaw and Vincent Hutchings, “Report on Provisional Ballots and American Elections”
- Lisa Schur, “Reducing Obstacles to Voting for People with Disabilities”
- Robert M. Stein, “Election Administration during Natural Disasters and Emergencies: Hurricane Sandy and the 2012 Election”
- Stephen Ansolabehere and Charles Stewart III, “Report on Registration Systems in American Elections”
- Donald S. Inbody, “Voting by Overseas Citizens and Deployed Military Personnel”
Much of this research effort was assisted by the Democracy Fund, though of course, the research is all the work and opinions of the authors. Speaking personally, I greatly appreciate the support and encouragement of the Fund through these past few months.