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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