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The 2006 Elections: Are Voting Systems Up to the Task?
SEPTEMBER 2006
The 2006 Elections: Are Voting Systems Up to the Task?
Mishaps during recent primaries in Maryland raised important questions about the readiness of electronic voting systems for November’s elections. Reports from the Election Science Institute and the National Academies have examined similar issues, and an upcoming Election Reform Project event will seek to offer answers as well.
Featured Resources
This paper explores whether voters who used specific types of machines in the 2008 election encountered more problems than other voters, and whether voter confidence varied by the type of system used.
This supplemental report provides in-depth information on each state's election system.
We reflect on the state of election administration in the United States almost a decade after the 2000 presidential election and suggest how additional changes in technology, election law and administrative practices might further strengthen American elections in the years ahead.
This report finds that the increase in the no-valid-vote rate in the 2008 presidential race in Florida was due to excessive overvoting statewide, not to the change in voting technologies.
This report discusses the results of a post-election audit of Connecticut's memory cards, finding that while all cards used in the election were properly programmed, there is still room for improvement.
Research Projects
Election Law @ Moritz, run through Moritz College of Law at the Ohio State University, contains both explanation and commentary on a wealth of election reform issues from a legal perspective.
The mission of the VoTeR center is to advise state agencies in the use of voting technologies and to investigate voting solutions and voting equipment to develop and recommend safe use procedures for their usage in elections.
The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law is a non-partisan public policy and law institute that focuses on fundamental issues of democracy and justice.
This project aims to evaluate the current state of reliability and uniformity of U.S. voting systems; to establish uniform attributes and quantitative guidelines for performance and reliability of voting systems; and to propose specific uniform guidelines and requirements for reliable voting systems
electionline.org provides daily news updates on election reform issues, as well as deeper analysis of selected topics, including recent reports on voter registration, recount procedures, and the progress in implementing the Help America Vote Act since 2002.
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