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.
Improving California’s Vote-by-Mail Process: A Three-County Study – California Voter Foundation, August 19, 2004: This study about vote by mail in three California counties over four elections from 2008 - 2012 finds three main reasons why these ballots go uncounted:
- Late-arriving ballots, which make up 61 percent of uncounted ballots;
- Ballots with no signature make up 20 percent of uncounted ballots; and
- Ballots with a signature that does not adequately match the one on file make up 18 percent of uncounted ballots.
The report offers recommendations including allowing ballots postmarked by election day to be counted, providing more funding to counties to administer vote by mail, alert voters if their mail ballot isn’t counted, and require the Secretary of State to report the number of mail ballots not counted and the reasons why they were not counted.