Mar 21

Past Event

Voting Technology: The Not-So-Simple Act of Casting a Ballot

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Summary

Since the 2000 presidential election, the U.S. electoral system has experienced widespread reforms aimed at restoring voter confidence. Have new voting systems improved citizen satisfaction and trust in the voting process? Can citizens cast their ballots without making the same errors that occurred in Florida eight years ago? Voting Technology: The Not-So-Simple Act of Casting a Ballot (Brookings, 2008) answers these and other important questions about how Americans respond to the voting systems they use on Election Day.

On March 21, the AEI-Brookings Election Reform Project hosted a discussion with the book’s authors. Thomas Mann, co-director of the AEI-Brookings Election Reform Project and senior fellow at Brookings, moderated the panel. Paul Herrnson, director of the Center for American Politics and Citizenship at the University of Maryland and lead author, offered an overview of their findings and recommendations. His co-authors—Richard Niemi of the University of Rochester, Michael Hanmer and Benjamin Bederson of the University of Maryland, and Michael Traugott of the University of Michigan—offered additional comments.


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Event Agenda

  • Moderator

  • Opening Comments

    • Paul S. Herrnson

      Director, Center for American Politics and Citizenship; Professor of Government and Politics, University of Maryland

  • Panelists

    • Richard G. Niemi

      Don Alonzo Watson Professor of Political Science, University of Rochester

    • Michael J. Hamner

      Assistant Professor of Government and Politics, University of Maryland

    • Michael W. Traugott

      Communication Studies and Senior Research Scientist, Center for Political Studies, University of Michigan

Details

March 21, 2008

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM EDT

The Brookings Institution

Saul/Zilkha Room

1775 Massachusetts Avenue, NW

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