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

Our new look!

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

Early Voting Center in the News

Early voting story by Richard Wolf of the USA Today. 

EAC NVRA report and data available

In the better late than never category, the EAC’s NVRA report and associated data has been released on the EAC website.  No indication yet that the UOCAVA and Election Day reports are pending.

The codebook link is here, but the SPSS datafile won’t download. The Excel and DBF files seem to be working.

EVIC on Changes to Early Voting in Ohio

Paul Gronke, Director of EVIC, on the changes to early voting in Ohio:

Gronke to co-edit Election Law Journal

We’re delighted to announce that EVIC Director Paul Gronke is taking over from Dan Lowenstein and Rick Hasen as co-editor at the Election Law Journal. He will sharing these duties with Daniel Tokaji, Professor of Law at The Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law.

The full announcement, also found in the next issue of the Journal, is attached.

Gronke to moderate candidate debate for Metro Council President

Paul Gronke, Professor of Political Science at Reed College and Directory, Early Voting Information Center, will moderate the candidate debate between Tom Hughes and Bob Stacey for the Metro president.

Debate is sponsored by the City Club of Portland.

Gronke in the NY Times on the top-two primary

Paul Gronke, Director of EVIC, was quoted in the New York Times today on the potential problems with a top-two primary system in California.