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  • Alvarez, R. Michael; Hall, Thad E.; Llewellyn, Morgan (Caltech/MIT Voting Technology Project, 2006-07)
    Political equality is seen as an intrinsic normative principle for the adequate functioning of a democratic republic. However, it is well documented that in the United States there are many qualified citizens who do not ...
  • Alvarez, R. Michael; Sinclair, Betsy; Hasen, Richard L. (Caltech/MIT Voting Technology Project, 2005-11)
    Previous empirical research and other related research from survey methodology holds that candidates listed first on an election ballot may gain some measure of advantage from this ballot placement. Using data from the 1998 ...
  • Boehmke, Frederick J.; Alvarez, R. Michael (Caltech/MIT Voting Technology Project, 2005-03-21)
    Does direct democracy increase political participation? Rather than focus on state-level effects of the initiative process, this paper studies the effect of signature gathering campaigns on participation within a state. ...
  • Alvarez, R. Michael; Boehmke, Frederick J. (Caltech/MIT Voting Technology Project, 2005-12-12)
    Does direct democracy increase political participation? Rather than focus on state-level effects of the initiative process, this paper studies the effect of signature gathering campaigns on participation within a state. ...
  • Pellissier, Allyson (Caltech/MIT Voting Technology Project, 2014-02-18)
    Online voter registration is one of the most recent efforts to stimulate turnout in American elections. Within the past decade, an increasing number of states have begun to allow their residents to register as voters ...
  • Trechsel, Alexander H.; Alvarez, R. Michael; Hall, Thad E. (Caltech/MIT Voting Technology Project, 2008-01)
    Several countries have conducted Internet voting trials in binding public elections over the past decade, including Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. These trials have been conducted at the local and ...
  • Alvarez, R. Michael; Jonas, Jeff; Winkler, William E.; Wright, Rebecca N. (Caltech/MIT Voting Technology Project, 2009-08-10)
    Voter registration databases maintain lists of registered voters that are used to determine who is and is not eligible to vote in an election. As such, accurate voter registration databases form a cornerstone of the electoral ...
  • Ansolabehere, Stephen; Konisky, David M. (Caltech/MIT Voting Technology Project, 2004-02)
    Voter registration, it is widely argued, raises the costs of voting, thereby decreasing turnout. Studies of turnout across states find that states with later registration dates or election day registration have much higher ...
  • Sinclair, Betsy (Caltech/MIT Voting Technology Project, 2005-07)
  • Ansolabehere, Stephen (Caltech/MIT Voting Technology Project, 2009-03)
    In 1965, the United States Congress enacted the Voting Rights Act to end discrimination against black voters at the polls in Southern states and throughout the nation. The Act prohibited the use of “tests” and other devices ...
  • Alvarez, R. Michael; Hall, Thad E. (Caltech/MIT Voting Technology Project, 2005-09-01)
    Since the 2000 election, there has been a debate over the role of voting technology in the election process. In 2000 and 2001, this debate focused on the deficiencies associated with paper ballots—especially the punch ...
  • Stewart III, Charles H.; Shaw, Daron (Caltech/MIT Voting Technology Project, 2013-08-03)
    Since our country’s inception, collecting appropriate data on elections and the administration of elections has been somewhat problematic, due to the fact that multiple levels of government are involved in running elections ...
  • Alvarez, R. Michael; Katz, Jonathan N.; Hill, Sarah A. (Caltech/MIT Voting Technology Project, 2005-09-20)
    The counting of ballots, especially punchcard ballots, has received a great deal of attention in the years following the 2000 presidential election in Florida. Much of the research literature has focused on various measures ...
  • Alvarez, R. Michael; Levin, Ines; Sinclair, J. Andrew (Caltech/MIT Voting Technology Project, 2010-03-15)
    In this study we analyze the choice of voting mode in the 2008 presidential election. We use a large-sample survey with national coverage that allows us to overcome limitations of previous studies. Our analysis provides a ...
  • Alvarez, R. Michael (Caltech/MIT Voting Technology Project, 2009-12-11)
    The 2000 presidential election was one of the closest elections in American history. A margin of about 550,000 votes separated Al Gore from George Bush, only about 0.52% of votes cast. And despite the fact that Gore received ...
  • Levin, Ines; Alvarez, R. Michael (Caltech/MIT Voting Technology Project, 2009-06-20)
    In this paper we study the causal effect of voter confidence on participation decisions in the 2006 Mexican Election. Previous research has shown that voter confidence was a relevant factor in explaining participation ...
  • Grigg, Delia (Caltech/MIT Voting Technology Project, 2005-08)
    In the wake of the 2000 election, the importance of knowing the impact of voting equipment on the number of uncounted ballots became evident. Using data from the 1988-2004 presidential elections, this paper estimates the ...
  • Stewart III, Charles H. (Caltech/MIT Voting Technology Project, 2005-09-04)
    This paper summarizes what systematic evidence exists about the performance of the American voting process in 2004 and proposes a comprehensive system of performance measures that would allow citizens and officials to ...
  • Alvarez, R. Michael; Hall, Thad E.; Roberts, Brian F. (Caltech/MIT Voting Technology Project, 2007-03-08)
    During the 2000 presidential election controversy in Florida, the ballots submitted by individuals living overseas—especially military voters—were seen as crucial to the election outcome as the margin of potential victory ...
  • Alvarez, R. Michael; Hopkins, Asa; Sinclair, Betsy (Caltech/MIT Voting Technology Project, 2008-06-28)
    This paper examines the effect of an entire campaign using a randomized field experiment here the treatment consists of campaign decisions made by a campaign manager. In contrast to the majority of the field experiments ...
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