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electionlineWeekly — October 30, 2014

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

Did We Fix That? Evaluating Implementation of the Presidential Commission on Election Administration’s Recommendations in Ten Swing States - Stephen Spaulding & Allegra Chapman, Common Cause Education Fund, October 2014: This new report examines recommendations of the Presidential Commission on Election Administration and how they are being implemented in ten states where next week’s elections are expected to be close. No state has implemented all the recommendations, but no state has ignored all the recommendations either.

The Perfect Storm: Voting In New Jersey in the Wake of Superstorm Sandy - A Report Prepared by the Constitutional Rights Clinic Rutgers School of Law – Newark, October 2014: This report evaluates New Jersey’s emergency voting measures which were enacted as a result of Superstorm Sandy in late October 2012. 

Uncounted Votes: The Racially Discriminatory Effects of Provisional Ballots - Joshua Field, Charles Posner, and Anna Chu, October 2014: In examining data from 16 states from the 2012 general election, researchers found that voters in counties with higher percentages of minorities cast provisional ballots at higher rates than counties with lower percentages of minorities. Among recommendations to address these issues are allowing online voter registration, expanding early voting, and modernizing voter registration.