Voter Opinions about Election Reform: Do They Support Making Voting More Convenient?
Author(s)Alvarez, R. Michael; Hall, Thad E.; Levin, Ines; Stewart III, Charles H
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We study public opinions about convenience voting reforms, using a unique state-by-state survey conducted in the 2008 presidential election. Our analysis of the American voting public's support for convenience voting reforms provides a variety of important insights into the potential direction of innovations in the electoral process in the near future. First, we find that the most prominent convenience voting reforms have mixed support. These include attitudes toward automatic voter registration, Election Day voter registration, and moving Election Day to a weekend. These reforms do not have majority support among all voters nationwide, but some enjoy majority support within some states. Second, we find that Internet voting and voting by mail do not receive a great deal of support from American voters. There is no state in which a majority of voters supports Internet voting, nor are there states where expanded vote-by-mail has majority support (other than states which have already implemented these reforms). Finally, we find that an overwhelming majority of Americans support requiring showing photo identification and a bare majority support making Election Day a holiday. Support for reform is highly correlated with political affiliations and attitudes, and especially correlated with support for Barack Obama.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Political Science
Election Law Journal
Mary Ann Liebert Inc
Alvarez, R. Michael et al. "Voter Opinions about Election Reform: Do They Support Making Voting More Convenient?' Election Law Journal 10, 2 (June 2011): 73-87. © 2011 Mary Ann Liebert, Inc
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