Election Technology

Current Projects

Behind the Screens: Evaluating the E-Governance of State Election Administration ” – This paper considers election administration e-government in the United States. It asks: How robust are American states’ usage of Internet-based platforms for electoral information dissemination and communication with voters? It conducts a content analysis of state election websites according to the activities common of all electoral management bodies, collects data on the means of communication available to voters, and conducts a small-scale test of email responsiveness. It concludes that the United States performs well in terms of providing information about registration and election results. The greatest areas for improvement is providing information necessary for full transparency.

“Trust in American Election Technology” – This paper considers the impact of voting technology on citizen trust in American elections from 2012-2018. It employs data on the types of technology used in each state, in each election year, alongside public survey data on trust in elections. It tests whether there is a relationship between the technology used and voter confidence that their votes were counted as intended, when controlling for other factors that are known to impact voter trust. The results will speak to current debates about the use of technology in elections, and potential ways to improve voter trust in the process.

“Evaluating Online Registration in the 2015 Canadian Federal Election” – This paper evaluates Elections Canada’s new online registration, first used during the 2015 Canadian Federal Election. It uses survey data to explore the questions: Does online registration attract population groups that are otherwise underrepresented in voter registers and at the polls? And, by improving registration, can online registration also improve voter turnout rates?”