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electionlineWeekly — January 29, 2015

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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 the research staff of The Pew Charitable Trusts Elections Initiatives. Please email links to research to Sean Greene at Pew.

Voting Before Election day: A Policy Paper on the Benefits and Challenges of Expanded Early Voting in VirginiaPrepared by the William & Mary Election Law Program for The League of Women Voters of Virginia Education Fund, January 2015: This paper focuses on the history of absentee voting in Virginia and discusses the challenges and opportunities for the state to allow no-excuse absentee voting as well as in-person early voting.

Fuzzy Math: Wrong Way Reforms for Allocating Electoral Votes Claire Daviss and Rob Richie, FairVote, January 2015: This new report examines two alternatives to allocating Electoral College votes, the whole number proportional system and the congressional district system. The authors find that both of these options could lead to results that might jeopardize majority rule and decrease the competitiveness of elections.