IV. Research and Report Summaries
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.