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electionlineWeekly — August 25, 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 Secret Ballot at Risk: Recommendations for Protecting Democracy - Caitriona Fitzgerald, Electronic Privacy Information Center, Pamela Smith, Verified Voting Foundation, and Susannah Goodman, Common Cause Education Fund, August 18, 2016: Thirty-two states and the District of Columbia allow some form of Internet voting, generally by overseas and military voters. Most states that allow this have these voters sign a waiver of their right to a secret ballot. The authors of the report believe this erodes the right to a secret ballot while noting the Internet can be used for other voting-related activities such as online voter registration, transmitting blank ballots to voters, and allowing voters to track their own ballots.