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 eort to evalu- ate the quality of voting records nationwide. According the National Commission on Federal Election Reform, inaccurate voting lists present a signicant 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 oers a rst look at the quality of registration lists in two jurisdictions and develops a methodology for assessing list quality generally.