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electionlineWeekly — February 7, 2013

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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. .

Elections Performance Index – Pew Charitable Trusts, February 2013: Earlier this week the Pew Charitable Trusts released the Elections Performance Index, which examines election administration across all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The index includes 17 indicators that measure election administration policies and results, beginning with the 2008 and 2010 election cycles.

These indicators include polling location wait times, availability of online voting information tools, the number of rejected voter registrations, the percentage of voters with registration or absentee ballot problems, how many military and overseas ballots were rejected, voter turnout, and the accuracy of voting technology, among others.

Modernizing California's Voting Technology: A Look Back, A Look Ahead – Kim Alexander, California Voter Foundation, Jan. 31, 2013: This brief discusses the history and future of voting technology in California, and examines Los Angeles County’s current efforts to find a non-commercial path for procuring a new voting system.

Policy questions are also considered, including how voting systems are funded, tested, and certified.

How to Fix Ling Lines – Lawrence Norden, Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law, February 2013: This report suggests three reforms that would help reduce long lines at polling places:
  • Modernizing voter registration
  • Providing early voting to all voters during a fixed national time frame
  • Setting minimum standards for polling place access
The report also supports a federal database of voting machine failures to increase oversight and accountability.