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electionlineWeekly--March 3, 2011

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III. Research and Report Summaries

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Making Reform a Reality: An After-Action Report on Implementation of the Omnibus Election Reform Act - District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics, February 17, 2011 – The D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics describes and evaluates how it implemented multiple mandated changes to the voting process during the 2010 election season. These changes included introducing early voting, no-excuse absentee voting, new voting equipment, same-day voter registration, post-election audits, new poll worker management requirements and conducting several feasibility studies.


The Cost of Voter ID Laws: What the Courts Say - Vishal Agraharkar, Wendy Weiser, and Adam Skaggs, Brennan Center for Justice at The New York University School of Law, February 2011 – The Brennan Center examines, after reviewing every court case in which a photo ID law has been challenged, the costs states must incur if they decide to implement photo ID requirements for voters, including free photo IDs, ensuring that IDs are reasonably accessible to all eligible voters, and including sufficient voter education programs and poll worker training.

Assessing Electoral Performance in the New Mexico 2010 General Election – Lonna Rae Atkeson, R. Michael Alvarez, Alex N. Adams, and Lisa A. Bryant, The University of New Mexico, February 2011 – This report provides a systematic examination of New Mexico’s November 2010 general election. Both qualitative and quantitative methods are combined to analyze the state’s election process. Similar reports were produced following the 2006 and 2008 general elections.