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electionlineWeekly — November 30, 2017

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 V. 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., director of research for the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.

EAVS Deep Dive: Poll Workers and Polling Places- U.S. Election Assistance Commission, November 2017: Using data from the 2016 Election Administration and Voting Survey, the EAC examined polling places and poll workers and found:

  • Local election officials operated 116,990 polling places, including 8,616 early voting locations, across the country. These polling sites were operated by 917,694 poll workers.
  • Nearly 65 percent of jurisdictions reported that it was “very difficult” or “somewhat difficult” to obtain a sufficient number of poll workers.
  • There has been a continued decrease in physical polling places, which can likely be explained by the expansion of alternative voting options, the increased use of these options by voters, and the corresponding decrease in in-person voters on Election Day.
  • More populous jurisdictions faced greater challenges when recruiting poll workers.

Of the age data reported for approximately 53 percent of poll workers who served in 2016, 24 percent of poll workers were 71 or older and another 32 percent were between the ages of 61 and 70.

Ballot Measure Readability Scores, 2017 - Ballotpedia, November 2017: In examining 27 ballot questions in 2017, the average ballot question required a graduate school-level of education to read and comprehend.