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electionlineWeekly — July 7, 2016

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 IV. Research and Report Summaries
electionline provides brief summaries of recent research and reports in the field of election administration. The summaries are courtesy of This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., project management specialist with the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.

The New Realities of Voting by Mail in 2016 – The Bipartisan Policy Center, June 2016: This report includes recommendations for voters, election officials, lawmakers, and the postal service to ensure voting by mail is a secure and efficient option for casting ballots.

Issues Related to Registering Voters and Administering Elections - United States Government Accountability Office, June 2016: This report addresses three areas related to election administration including the benefits and challenges of collecting and sharing voter registration information electronically; the effect of policies such as same day registration and vote by mail on voter turnout; and the costs of elections. Findings include:

  • The majority of studies about voting by mail and same day registration show an increase in voter turnout;
  • Most studies of early in-person voting show no impact on voter turnout or a decrease in turnout.; and
  • Election costs vary greatly by jurisdiction and are difficult to quantify.