Policy Perspectives
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Wednesday, October 26, 2005 Elections and Voting   VOLUME 1 ISSUE 7  
Western States Primary
The Next Big Election Challenge
Going Where Nobody Wants to Go
Survey of Current Threats to the Security of the Voting Process
Announcing the Institute for International and Public Affairs
Special Legislative Edition
February 23, 2006
Economic Development
January 30, 2006
2005 Recap
December 12, 2005
Comprehensive School Reform
September 28, 2005
Impacts of a Minimum Wage Increase
August 30, 2005

Western States Primary
by Janice Houston

In 1988, Democrats in the southern states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas held the first regional primary, later to be dubbed “Super Tuesday.” This primary was an attempt by these states to focus the Democratic Party on issues in the South as well as nominate a presidential candidate that would more closely represent southern Democrats than the front-runner from the Northeast-Michael Dukakis. While the South’s bid to unseat Dukakis ultimately failed, the importance of regional primaries has grown since 1988 and Super Tuesday is no longer strictly a southern affair. During the primary elections of 2000, which had no presidential incumbent seeking a party nomination, twelve states held their primary elections or caucuses, on Super Tuesday-March 7, 2000. This was the largest number of states participating in the twelve-year history of Super Tuesday, with approximately 16.8 million total votes cast.
The Next Big Election Challenge
Developing Electronic Data Transaction Standards for Election Administration

In this report, Professors Alvarez and Hall discuss the challenge of moving toward the implementation of a set of electronic transaction standards (ETS) for election administration across the nation. According to the authors of the report, such a standard would allow election management systems to communicate seamlessly and share data to create "a more accurate, cost-effective, and accessible election process and voting experience." Such a standard would enable state and local governments to adopt a modular approach to better integrate election management and voting products, make possible the development of truly integrated voter registration systems, and enhance the ability to conduct consistent and effective post-election audits of elections.

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Going Where Nobody Wants to Go
by Ken Embley

Who are the people who go to the polls to vote on primary election day? All those who answer this question with something like “people who need to get a life” are my kind of people. The last time a peer of mind voted on primary election day, it took me most of the day to realize it was an election day, which explains why she was wearing a little red, white and blue badge proudly declaring “I voted today.” What the heck, and as I said, she needs to get a life!
Electronic Voting Security

What do you think is the likelihood of electronic voting machine tampering in precinct voting?

Won't happen

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