EVIC research in Presidential Commission on Election Administration

The Presidential Commission on Election Administration, also known as the Bauer-Ginsberg Commission, has issued its final report.  Rick Hasen, waking and working before all of us, has already provided a great summary of findings and recommendations.  I’m particularly excited to see the Election Toolkit produced by the Voting Information Project.

I testified before the Commission in Denver, accompanied by Jacob Canter (exp. ’14).  Our work last summer was partially supported by the Alta S. Corbett Summer Research Program of Reed College.

Congratulations to Nate, Charles, Tammy, Ann, Chris, Ben, Bob, Trey, and all the commission members and staff!

Webcast from EAC Post Election Panel

I appeared along with a number of poll workers, local election officials, advocates, and academics at a full day post-election meeting organized by the Election Assistance Commission.

You can watch the full day webcast here.  Each segment is 90 minutes long and it’s pretty easy to pick and choose according to your interest.

A Rising Democratic Tide in North Carolina?

A Rising Democratic Tide in North Carolina?

There are 720,694 early in-person ballots processed by the State Board of Elections in NC as of this morning.  We finally have enough leverage–and enough days–to compare the turnout rates and trajectory to previous elections.

Signs of a rising Democratic tide, at least in this one state, appear to be accurate.  The gap between the 2008 rate and the 2012 rate widened for the first three days of early in person voting and has held steady since then.  The GOP, by comparison, is not doing much better in 2012 than they did (as a proportion of identifiers) in 2008.

We’ll be updating these graphics every few days as early voting continues.

Data from NC Board of Elections Website

NPR Early Voting Calendar

Got to give NPR props on this Early Voting Calendar.  It’s not as neat and precise as ours, but it looks really good.

#earlyvote is the winner!

Michael McDonald and I have agreed on a hashtag: #earlyvote.

Set your twitter filters accordingly.  Back to your regularly scheduled blog.

And now for a self-promotional moment ... Doug is right, data ARE good

And now for a self-promotional moment … Doug is right, data ARE good

Crossposted from the comments section at the Election Academy of the University of Minnesota:

Data definitely ARE beautiful, as is correct grammatical usage.

If officials are skeptical of the merit of the residual vote rate, one source that illustrates its merits is the “Residual Voting in Florida” report coauthored by me and Charles Stewart. Look in particular at pg. 55-56, which I humbly suggest is a perfect illustration of Doug’s point.

Using data from Florida, we identify the two highest residual vote rate precincts in the state–two precincts that are wholly contained within elder care facilities. We further show that the rate in the two precincts is completely driven by high error rates on absentee ballots.

We can’t diagnose the disease in full. It may be that elderly citizens are making more errors because they can’t ask for help from poll workers when completing the ballot. It may be that the text is printed too small, causing difficulties for citizens with vision impairment. Or perhaps the ballot itself is confusing in unexpected ways.

But at least now we know where to look.

The takeaway chart is here:

The “Voting Wars” coming to Portland

Rick Hasen of the University of California, Irvine School of Law has agreed to be the Reed College Parent/Family speaker for 2012.

Rick is one of the nation’s leading legal experts in election law, including campaign finance, voting technology, and voting rights. His new book, The Voting Wars, has already garnered a lot of press coverage. Rick is known to many through the Election Law blog, a daily update of election law news and commentary.

To top it off, Rick is a dear friend, and is unfailingly warm and collegial. This should be a fun and provocative event.

(Crossposted to Earlyvoting.net)

Our new look!

Thanks to James Hicks, my longtime programmer and soon to be successful litigator out of Boalt Hall, for updating earlyvoting.net!

Early Voting Center in the News

Early voting story by Richard Wolf of the USA Today. 

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