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electionlineWeekly--January 19, 2012

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III. Research and Report Summaries

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Evidence-Based Elections – P.B. Stark and D.A. Wagner, Submitted to IEEE Security and Privacy, Special Issue on Electronic Voting, 2012: The authors propose that putting more emphasis on detecting and correcting errors after an election by using software-independent voting systems, compliance audits, and risk-limiting audits and less emphasis on certification of voting systems is a more effective approach to ensuring election integrity and more economical as well.


Contemporary Developments in Presidential Elections – Kevin Coleman, R. Sam Garrett, Thomas H. Neale, Congressional Research Service (CRS), Jan. 9, 2012: The CRS examines recent developments in presidential elections including changes or proposed changes to the nominating process, campaign finance, and the Electoral College.


Views on Implementing Federal Elections on a Weekend - United States Government Accountability Office (GAO), January 2012: A new report from the GAO examines alternatives to voting on Tuesday already in use for the November 2010 general election, interviews election officials on their views of the impact of shifting voting to a weekend, and summarizes on the possible effects on turnout of weekend voting.