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Why Elections Officials Struggle To Match Voters’ Signatures

National Public Radio (USA)  – It used to be you would sign on the bottom line, whether it was a check or a credit card receipt or even a love letter. But the art of the signature has become less important and less practiced, and that has meant less certainty for elections officials in several states […]

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Photo ID Implementation in Missouri Counties

Electoral Management: Voter ID has been a controversial policy in the US for many years.  Joseph Anthony and David C. Kimball’s study, presented at the Electoral Management Boston workshop, looked at the implementation in Missouri.

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Ask the Expert: Deepening democracy in Commonwealth Africa

The Commonwealth: The ‘Ask The Expert’ series features the leading specialists who work at the Commonwealth Secretariat. In this edition, Yvonne Apea Mensah, Adviser and Head, Africa Section, Governance and Peace Directorate shares insights into how the Commonwealth is promoting democracy in member countries.

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Voting machine meltdowns are normal—that’s the problem

Wired: David Weiner counts himself lucky. Sure, he waited an hour to vote at the Brooklyn Public Library along with, he estimates, several hundred other New Yorkers Tuesday afternoon. But, hey, at least he arrived when the last ballot scanner officially broke. That meant he could just fill out his ballot and shove it in a box. The […]

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Blockchain-based elections would be a disaster for democracy

arsTECHNICA: If you talk to experts on election security (I studied with several of them in graduate school) they’ll tell you that we’re nowhere close to being ready for online voting. “Mobile voting is a horrific idea,” said election security expert Joe Hall when I asked him about a West Virginia experiment with blockchain-based mobile voting back in August.

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