Registration Now Open for Feb. 28 UCI Law Event: Can American Democracy Survive the 2020 Election?

Very excited about this: Can American Democracy Survive the 2020 Elections? The role of media, law, political norms, and technology in assuring acceptance of election results. February 28, 20208:15 a.m.–5:00 p.m.UCI Division of Continuing Education, Yosemite Ballroom RSVP > Tentative Schedule … Continue reading

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Quantitative election administration studies: early voting and polling place location

Two studies newly published in the latest issue of the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics series: Ethan Kaplan and Haishan Yuan, Early Voting Laws, Voter Turnout, and Partisan Vote Composition: Evidence from Ohio We estimate effects of early voting on … Continue reading

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“As Georgia rolls out new voting machines for 2020, worries about election security persist”

WaPo: Last month, voters in six Georgia counties cast ballots for local elections using new touch-screen voting machines that officials have said will resolve long-standing questions about the security of the state’s election system.Richard DeMillo, a professor of computing at the … Continue reading

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Must-Read: Trump Advisor in Wisconsin Says “Traditionally it’s always been Republicans suppressing votes in places,” Promises More Aggressive Poll Watching Following Expiration of Consent Decree Against RNC Activities [Now updated with audio]

AP: One of President Donald Trump’s top re-election advisers told influential Republicans in swing state Wisconsin that the party has “traditionally” relied on voter suppression to compete in battleground states but will be able to “start playing offense” in 2020 … Continue reading

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Must-Read: “Precinct closures harm voter turnout in Georgia, AJC analysis finds”

AJC: Amid widespread voter distrust of government oversight of elections and questions about ballot access, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution conducted a unique statistical analysis to learn how precinct closures and distance to the polls impact voting.The AJC mapped Georgia’s 7 million … Continue reading

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In Extensive Opinion, Federal District Court Holds Unconstitutional Florida Rule Dictating Ballot Order of Candidates Based on Winner of Governor’s Race

Based on social science of the “primacy effect” giving candidates listed first on the ballot a benefit, a federal district court has struck down Florida’s law dictating ballot order of candidates based on the winner of the last governor’s race … Continue reading

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“The Cybersecurity 202: Election vendors should be vetted for security risks, says watchdog group”

WaPo: The federal government should start vetting companies that sell election systems as seriously as it does defense contractors and energy firms, a top election security group argues in a proposal out this morning.Under the proposal from New York University’s Brennan Center … Continue reading

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“The Cybersecurity 202: Swing state election websites aren’t secure against Russian hacking, McAfee says”

WaPo: County election websites in two battleground states are highly vulnerable to hacking by Russia or another adversary that might seek to disrupt the 2020 vote by misleading voters about polling locations or spreading other false information. About 55 percent of county … Continue reading

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Today’s Must Read from Jessica Huseman in ProPublica: “The Market for Voting Machines Is Broken. This Company Has Thrived in It”

ProPublica: In the glare of the hotly contested 2018 elections, things did not go ideally for ES&S, the nation’s largest manufacturer of voting technology.In Georgia, where the race for governor had drawn national interest amid concerns about election integrity, ES&S-owned technology … Continue reading

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