Tuesday, March 31, 2009

2 updates from Demos on EDR

Thanks to the March 26 Electionline newsletter for these updates

Election Day Registration Best Practices: An Implementation Guide - Regina Eaton and Cristina Vasile, Demos, March 2009
In 2008 DÄ“mos surveyed 21 state and local election officials in six states that use Election Day Registration (EDR): Idaho, Maine, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Wisconsin and Wyoming. Questions were asked concerning the administration of EDR, costs, training and recruitment methods, voter education and the integrity of election results. From these interviews Demos developed guidelines on how to best implement EDR, focusing on poll worker recruiting and training, avoiding confusion and congestion at the polls, addressing special populations and preserving the integrity of elections.

Thanks to the March 26 Electionline newsletter for these updates

Voters Win with Election Day Registration – Demos, updated Winter 2009
Reviewing the 2008 general election in the nine states that used some form of Election Day or same day registration - Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Wisconsin and Wyoming – Demos finds that these states had seven percent higher turnout than non-EDR states. In total more than 1.1 million voters total registered and cast ballots on Election Day. The report also discusses the benefits of EDR for both voters and election officials including allowing eligible voters who may have been mistakenly purged from the voter rolls to vote, counteracting voter registration deadlines and proving more cost-effective and easier to administer than provisional ballots.

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