The Complexity of the California Recall Election
Author(s)Alvarez, R. Michael; Goodrich, Melanie; Hall, Thad E.; Kiewiet, D. Roderick; Sled, Sarah M.
The October 7, 2003 California Recall Election strained California’s direct democracy. In recent California politics there has not been a statewide election conducted on such short notice; county election officials were informed on July 24 that the election would be held on October 7. Nor has California recently seen a ballot with so many candidates running for a single statewide office. With easy ballot access requirements, Secretary of State Kevin Shelley certified 135 candidates for the official ballot on August 13.
Caltech/MIT Voting Technology Project
VTP Working Paper Series;9
2003 California recall election, Polling place problems, Ballot translation vertical proximity effect, Ballot design, Survey data