Electronic Elections: The Perils and Promises of Digital Democracy

Electronic Elections: The Perils and Promises of Digital Democracy

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by R. Michael Alvarez
     
 

"Recent debates about voting technology and election reform have generated more heat than light, often leading to myopic views of security and premature policy fixes. Alvarez and Hall provide a constructive alternative—a calm, rational, data-tested, risk-based analysis of electronic voting. Their book is a model of how rigorous research can constructively inform… See more details below

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"Recent debates about voting technology and election reform have generated more heat than light, often leading to myopic views of security and premature policy fixes. Alvarez and Hall provide a constructive alternative—a calm, rational, data-tested, risk-based analysis of electronic voting. Their book is a model of how rigorous research can constructively inform public discussion and the policy process."—Thomas E. Mann, Brookings Institution

"This is a very important book. It will undoubtedly be cited by technologists, legislators, and advocates. The authors, carefully navigating in a politically charged field, present a documented and balanced approach to the question of electronic voting. About 70 percent of eligible Americans vote. Each of them is potentially affected by this book. There has never been a study like this one."—Michael Shamos, Carnegie Mellon University

"This book addresses a timely and important topic in election reform. The conclusions of the authors are that electronic voting systems, when evaluated correctly using risk analysis, pose fewer issues than digital scan or paper balloting systems, but that public debate has been unfortunately sidetracked into issues of fraud. This is one of the first books on this topic."—Paul Gronke, Reed College

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691146225
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
02/14/2010
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author


R. Michael Alvarez is professor of political science at the California Institute of Technology. Thad E. Hall is associate professor of political science and research fellow at the Institute of Public and International Affairs at the University of Utah. They are the authors of "Point, Click, and Vote".

Table of Contents


LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS vii

PREFACE ix

CHAPTER 1: What This Book Is About 1

CHAPTER 2: Paper Problems, Electronic Promises 12

CHAPTER 3: Criticisms of Electronic Voting 30

CHAPTER 4: The Frame Game 50

CHAPTER 5: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back 71

CHAPTER 6: The Performance of the Machines 100

CHAPTER 7: Public Acceptance of Electronic Voting 133

CHAPTER 8: A New Paradigm for Assessing Voting Technologies 156

CHAPTER 9: Conclusion 178

NOTES 191

BIBLIOGRAPHY 207

INDEX 217

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