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An Assessment of Voting Technology and Ballot Design      (Back to Search Results)


Grant Number: 306698

  • Description: Continuing grant
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  • Award Period: 2003-07-01 to 2006-06-30
  • Amount: $ 899988.00

Primary Investigator:
Paul Herrnson

Researchers
Paul Herrnson
Richard Niemi
Frederick Conrad
Michael Traugott
Benjamin Beder

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Primary Institution:
U of MD College Park

Project Home Page:
http://www.cs.umd.edu/~bederson/voting/nsf-project.shtml

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Abstract:
This grant will support an assessment of information technologies relative to on-line voting and ballot design. This is a particularly relevant topic given the confusing processes and outcomes of the 2000 national elections. The project will bring together social/political scientists with computing/information scientists to study ability of voters to accurately express their intentions, voter ease in completing ballots, user interfaces, and impact on voter turnout. A variety of data collections methods will be used: laboratory experiments, expert reviews, and field tests. The project will be guided by interactions with practitioners who administer voting process, and with companies which build and market electronic voting machines.