Thank you for following the work of the AEI-Brookings Election Reform Project. We’ll continue looking at the issues of election reform at AEI and Brookings. For new work on congressional redistricting, please visit

The 2006 Elections: Are Voting Systems Up to the Task?
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
A two-day workshop sought to decide upon a common data format for voting systems. Setting the requirements for a common data format will encourage transparency, interoperability, integration, and eventually assist in the transition to an electronic system of recordkeeping.
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 explores the concept of open source software as it applies to voting systems, suggesting areas in which it may benefit the market but cautioning against a too-enthusiastic embrace of the technology.
The Ohio Secretary of State conducted this legislative analysis of House Bill 260, the election enhancements bill introduced by State Representatives Dan Stewart and Tracy Heard.
This report takes a comprehensive look at Ohio's election system, report highlighting both successes and failures and making a range of recommendations.
Research Projects
Center for Democracy & Election Management was established at the School of Public Affairs at American University in 2002. Their broader goal is to pave the way for and strengthen democracy through improved electoral performance.
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
FairVote develops and promotes practical strategies to improve elections at the local, state and national levels.
As part of its broader research focus on elections, campaign ethics, campaign finance, and the legislative process, the Center for American Politics and Citizenship at the University of Maryland is engaged in research projects on voting technology and ballot design specifically.
The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
The Brookings Institution
© Copyright 2015, AEI
and The Brookings Institution