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Butterfly ballots confusing and biasing say researchers
Butterfly ballots like those used in Palm Beach County, Fla., for the 2000 presidential election are confusing and biasing, and election officials would do well to consider social science theories and methodology to help prevent future controversy, according to a team of social psychologists from the University of Alberta, Canada, and Penn State. (2000-11-29)

Human factors researchers test voting systems for seniors that can improve voting accuracy and speed
Human factors researchers at Florida State University have identified ways to improve electronic voting accuracy among older voters while also shortening waiting time at the polls. The results of their study were published in the fall 2007 issue of Ergonomics in Design. (2007-12-27)

Carnegie Mellon statistical study shows with extreme confidence that ballot cost Gore votes
A statistical, county-by-county analysis of the Florida vote by a Carnegie Mellon University Social and Decision Sciences Professor shows (2000-11-08)

More women running for political office may hurt chances for down-ballot candidates
Gender stereotypes and biases still influence voters, especially in elections with more than one woman on the ballot. New research from Iowa State University found gender had the greatest effect on down-ballot races, in which women were running for a legislative office and another woman appeared on the ballot for a higher office, such as governor or president. (2018-08-20)

Contented citizens vote against change
US citizens who have a high quality of life are more engaged in the direct democracy process, according to Ryan Yonk from Utah State University and Professor Shauna Reilly from Northern Kentucky University in the US. Their study demonstrates that quality of life is a strong predictor of voter turnout. The study is published online in Springer's journal, Applied Research in Quality of Life. (2011-03-23)

New research shows candidate name order will matter in California recall election
The ordering of candidates' names on ballots in the upcoming California recall election will likely affect the outcome, if the state's presidential election is a guide. In the 2000 presidential race, George W. Bush received 9 percent more votes among Californians when he was listed first on the ballot than when he was listed later, a new study found. (2003-08-18)

Protect your vote -- avoid election machine errors
Of all the problems that could lead to a miscount Election Day, there's one possibility that voters can do something about -- avoid election machine-related errors, says a University of Maryland researcher Paul Herrnson who led a comprehensive study of voter problems using touch screen and paper-based machines. (2008-11-03)

Voter optimism wanes in run-up to election day
Scholars have long known that voters tend to believe that the candidates they support will win, even when victory seems unlikely. But there has been little research about how voter expectations of election outcomes change in the weeks before Election Day, or how those expectations relate to the level of disappointment experienced when a favored candidate or ballot measure loses. (2013-04-29)

College students vote smarter than expected
College students make strategic choices about where to vote, most prefer absentee ballots, and they are especially likely to vote absentee if their homes are in swing states, according to a new Northwestern University study of student absentee voting in the 2008 presidential election. The researchers found that students from swing states preferred home-state voting by an 8-to-1 ratio. Even students from non-swing states preferred to vote back home, by a 2-to-1 ratio. (2009-10-01)

Brookhaven Lab scientist helps revise guidelines for voting systems
A scientist from the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory has been helping the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to review and revise federal guidelines on voting systems. Specifically, the FEC invited Brookhaven's John O'Hara to review and make recommendations for revising the human-factors aspects of federal voting guidelines. (2002-04-08)

New technology will make election voting more efficient
Did you stay up all night to hear your local result during the recent election? Time-consuming manual vote counts and ballot boxes could soon be consigned to the history books, thanks to innovative new secure voting technology. (2010-05-26)

Alleged robo-calling may have significantly impacted voting
n a new paper, a Simon Fraser University economist finds that robo-calling, if the phenomenon did occur, could have significantly influenced voter turnout and ballot results in the last federal election. Anke Kessler's discussion paper is available on her website and on Worthwhile Canadian Initiative, an economics blog. Elections Canada is investigating New Democrat and Liberal party allegations that the Conservatives hired companies to robo-call voters in ridings across Canada, thereby influencing the Tories' 2011 federal election win. (2012-03-14)

New advanced e-voting system selected for Australian state election
A new, advanced electronic voting system developed by the University of Surrey and the Victorian Electoral Commission, in collaboration with the Universities of Melbourne and Luxembourg is to be used in Australia's Victorian State election, which opens on Monday. (2014-11-14)

Weight bias plagues US elections
Overweight political candidates tend to receive fewer votes than their thinner opponents, finds a new study co-authored by a Michigan State University weight bias expert. (2014-05-19)

Voting Machines Can Make Casting Votes, Challenging, Studies Show
The design of some voting machines may make it needlessly difficult for people to cast ballots Nov. 5, according to an Ohio State University researcher. Two studies found some popularly used voting mechanisms have design shortcomings that frustrate voters, especially those who are shorter than average, elderly, or visually impaired (1996-10-23)

Technology has improved voting procedures
Thanks to better voting technology over the last decade, the country's election process has seen much improvement, according to a new report released today by researchers at Caltech and MIT. However, the report notes, despite this progress, some problems remain. (2012-10-18)

Voting restrictions stir anger, mobilize more Democrats to polls
In recent years, many states have passed laws that make it more difficult for people to register and vote. (2016-02-25)

Study: People can tell if they are voting on a secure system
'Rigged' election rhetoric in the headlines aims to cast doubt about the security of the American voting system; however, people have a sense of whether a voting system is secure, according to new research from Rice University. (2016-10-24)

Big jolt to state economy with new tax on cigarettes
A new UCSF analysis has found that a state ballot initiative to increase the cigarette tax would create about 12,000 jobs and nearly $2 billion in new economic activity in California. (2012-02-06)

Political scientists examine voter confidence in electoral administration, make recommendations
A new study by political scientists examines voter confidence in the local administration of US elections and finds the quality of voters' experience with the voting process is key to bolstering confidence in the election system -- along with the casting a ballot on Election Day and the use of voting machines with verifiable results. (2007-11-05)

Study: 'Carved-out' voters often struggle at ballot box
When a county's residents are carved into separate congressional districts simply to maintain numerical parity, many end up struggling at the ballot box. (2010-08-06)

Computer scientists deploy first practical, Web-based, secure, verifiable voting system
Computer scientists affiliated with the Center for Research on Computation and Society, based at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, in collaboration with scientists at the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium, deployed the first practical, Web-based implementation of a secure, verifiable voting system for the presidential election held at UCL earlier this week. (2009-03-05)

Rise of populism affects wildlife management in US
A cultural backlash stemming from the rise of populism may limit opportunities for state fish and wildlife agencies to adapt to changing social values in the United States. (2017-11-03)

Hand counts of votes may cause errors, says new Rice University study
Hand counting of votes in postelection audit or recount procedures can result in error rates of up to two percent, according to a new study from Rice University and Clemson University. (2012-02-02)

Blame, not just poor economy, needed to impact voting
People who are experiencing financial hardship are more likely to vote if they blame the government for the bad economy. (2003-06-16)

Study finds voters concerned with privacy in US elections
Voters in their neighborhood's political minority feel 30 percent less confident in the privacy of their ballot. The concern is that the machines let other people see how you vote. (2011-11-03)

Technology pioneered by UF researcher provides improved access for disabled voters
A University of Florida researcher's desire to provide citizens with disabilities the same opportunity to vote as everyone else could serve as the catalyst for revolutionizing voter access nationwide. (2014-10-29)

Clemson University research team to lead accessible voting technology project
A Clemson University research team has been chosen by the US Election Assistance Commission to lead a national effort to make voting systems more accessible. (2011-06-07)

New study scrutinizes time and effort it takes to vote in each state
In a new study, a Cost of Voting Index was developed and used to rank each state according to the time and effort it took to vote in each presidential election year from 1996 through 2016. (2018-10-23)

Rocking the vote from rocking chairs
For seniors, voting can be difficult: standing with a walker or cane in the voting booth, struggling to read the tiny print on the ballot or trying to punch the tiny button to vote for the intended. A Penn Medicine study of a process called mobile found that nursing home residents, staff and election officials all agreed that mobile polling is better than current voting methods. (2011-03-16)

UC research examines advocacy by unions in the criminal justice sector
UC research to be presented this coming weekend at the American Society of Criminology conference examines the impacts that unions associated with criminal justice systems have in terms of political policies. (2012-11-14)

Would you like a receipt with that election?
Stanford computer science Professor David Dill argues that electronic voting machines should print a paper copy of the ballot, which the voter can inspect and which can be used in the event of a recount. He will make the case for this ''voter-verifiable paper audit trail'' Feb. 15 at the AAAS meeting. (2004-02-15)

The 'silent majority' agrees with me, voters believe
We like to think that others agree with us. It's called (2011-09-20)

Using science to understand how ballot design impacts voter behavior
Concern over the security of the voting process has been a recurring issue in the run up to the US presidential election. But psychological science suggests that an even bigger problem may lurk within our voting systems: poor design. (2016-11-01)

DFG presents the results of the reviewer elections
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) has announced the results of its reviewer elections: 88,000 entitled scientists have elected 650 reviewers in 189 special fields. (2000-03-28)

How hard is it to vote in your state?
A new analysis identifies U.S. states that make it easiest, and those that make it more challenging, to register and vote. (2020-10-28)

Living Voters Guide adds fact-checking by Seattle librarians for 2012 election
The Living Voters Guide is a platform that lets voters collaborate online to draw up pros and cons for ballot measures. The guide has launched in Washington and California, and the Washington guide now includes fact-checking by Seattle librarians. (2012-10-17)

Binarisation system based on FPGA for OCR in electronic voting
Many vision systems require text recognition captured at very high speed: vehicle registration identification devices, scanners, etc. Current technology enables the use of complex image pre-processing systems to enhance reading characteristics. This PhD thesis puts forward two binarisation algorithms that are suitable for high-precision applications in optical character reading (OCR). (2005-10-10)

Voting causes stress according to Ben-Gurion University of the Negev study
According to Prof. Hagit Cohen from the Anxiety and Stress Research Unit at BGU's Faculty of Health Sciences, 'We understand that emotional changes are related and affect various physiological processes, but we were surprised that voting in democratic elections causes emotional reactions accompanied by such physical and psychological stress that can easily influence our decision making.' (2011-09-14)

Throwing the bum out: When should scandal-hit politicians stage a come back?
A new study in Social Science Quarterly explores the lingering effect of scandals and asks how long a politician need wait before hitting the come-back trail. (2013-06-17)

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