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III. Research and Report Summaries
electionline provides brief summaries of recent research and reports in the field of election administration. Please e-mail links to research to
. Differences among Latina/o, Asian American, and White Online Registrants in California
- By Lisa García Bedolla and Verónica N. Vélez, University of California, Berkeley, March 2013: Recent research
focusing on Alameda and San Diego Counties, California found that majorities of those who used the state’s online voter registration system were from low and middle income parts of each county. While there was some concern the system would be used more by more affluent voters when it was implemented, lower-income Latino and white voters in both counties took advantage of the system prior to last November’s election.
What Do I Need to Vote? Bias in Information Provision by Local Election Officials - Julie K. Faller, Noah L. Nathan and Ariel R. White, Department of Government, Harvard University, preliminary draft, May 10, 2013: Research undertaken before the November 2012 election found that emails sent to local election officials with questions about voter ID were less likely to get a response if they came from people with Latino-sounding names. Additionally those with Latino-sounding names who did receive responses were less likely to receive accurate information.