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electionlineWeekly--December 8, 2011

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III. Research and Report Summaries

electionline provides brief summaries of recent research and reports in the field of election administration. Please e-mail links to research to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Design Deficiencies and Lost Votes – Lawrence Norden and Sundeep Iyer, Brennan Center for Justice at New York University of Law, December 2011: Research by the Brennan Center finds that in the 2010 election in New York, when optical scan voting technology was used for the first time, approximately 20,000 votes did not count due to overvotes — the invalid selection of more than one candidate. The report points to the state’s lack of overvote protections and suggests changes that could help address this problem.

Defending Democracy: Confronting Modern Barriers to Voting Rights in America
A report by the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. & the NAACP, December 2011: A new report by the NAACP examines recent state election laws and their impact on communities of color, the poor, the elderly, the disabled, and the young.