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electionlineWeekly — April 17, 2014

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III. Research and Report Summaries

electionline provides brief summaries of recent research and reports in the field of election administration. The summaries are courtesy of the research staff of The Pew Charitable Trusts Elections Initiatives. Please email links to research to Sean Greene at Pew.

Ranked Choice Voting and Civility: New Evidence from American Cities – By Andrew Douglas, FairVote: The Center for Voting and Democracy, April 2014: A recent survey of voters in three cities that allow ranked-choice voting (RCV) in 2013 and seven cites without ranked-choice voting found differences in how these voters perceived campaigns. Specifically, voters in RCV cities were less likely to report that candidates criticized one another “a great deal” than voters from non-RCV cities (5.3 percent to 25.3 percent). They were also almost three times as likely to say that candidates had not criticized one another at all (35.7 percent to 12.4 percent). 

It also found that more than 90 percent of those surveyed in RCV cities found understanding their ballot instructions either somewhat or very easy.

Equal Access: How to Include Persons with Disabilities in Elections and Political Processes - International Foundation for Electoral Systems and National Democratic Institute, April 2014: This manual describes the challenges facing voters with disabilities and provides strategies for strengthening the participation of persons with disabilities in elections and the political process.