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electionlineWeekly — March 16, 2017

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 III. 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.

America Goes to the Polls 2016: A Report on Voter Turnout in the 2016 Election – Prepared by Nonprofit Vote and the U.S. Elections Project, March 2017: This report examines voter turnout in the 2016 presidential elections and finds:

  • 60.2 percent of the nation’s 231 million eligible voters cast ballots compared to 58.6 percent in 2012.
  • Five of the six states with the highest turnout were battleground states.
  • Minnesota, Maine, New Hampshire, Colorado, and Wisconsin had the highest turnout while Hawaii, West Virginia, Texas, Tennessee, and Arkansas had the lowest turnout.

The report also looks at the impact of same day registration on turnout, youth turnout, reasons for non-voting, and the how competitive races were for the U.S. House.

The Business of Voting: Market Structure and Innovation in the Election Technology Industry - Penn Wharton Public Policy Initiative, University of Pennsylvania, March 2017: This report provides an overview and analysis of the current state of the election technology industry and vendors in the market. In doing so the authors also examine barriers to innovation and strategies election officials can use in navigating this market.