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Ansolabehere and colleagues conduct voter registry audits

July 16, 2010, 10:30 a.m.


Maintaining an accurate voter registry list is a crucial aspect of election administration.  Stephen Ansolabehere at Harvard University, along with Alan Gerber at  Yale University,  released a report, which details the results of their recent studies into voter registration list quality in two areas of the United States.

Between August 2008 and July 2009, audits were conducted to assess the quality of voter
registration lists in two areas of the United States. These audits, conducted by Professors
Stephen Ansolabehere and Alan Gerber with research assistance from David Doherty and
Eitan Hersh, and funded by the Pew Center on the States, represent an initial e ort to evalu-
ate the quality of voting records nationwide. According the National Commission on Federal
Election Reform, inaccurate voting lists present a signi cant obstacle to the integrity of U.S.
elections, adding to costs of election administration, exposing elections to the possibility of
fraud, and penalizing poor and less educated citizens (2001). This pilot study o ers a rst
look at the quality of registration lists in two jurisdictions and develops a methodology for
assessing list quality generally.

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