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From Registration To Recounts Revisited


8/1/2011

The Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law recently released “From Registration to Recounts Revisited: Developments in the Election Ecosystems of Five Midwestern States,” a review of the 2008 elections in Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. The study is a follow-up to “From Registration to Recounts” in which the authors set out to study how the same five midwestern states responded to the Help America Vote Act of 2002 and to the increased attention that elections have received since the 2000 presidential election and Bush v. Gore.

In the new study, researchers analyze changes since the first report was issued and offer recommendations for each state, which have traditionally held pivotal roles in national politics. The new research focuses on institutional arrangements, voter registration and databases, convenience voting (i.e. early and absentee voting), and post-election processes. Holding true to the authors’ belief that elections systems should promote access, integrity, and finality, the recommendations include creating post-election processes that are fair, unambiguous, and managed in a professional and organized way to ensure a swift and definitive conclusion.

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