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.
2014 Statewide Primaries Half-Time Report: National Turnout Trending Toward Record Low – Curtis Gans, Center for the Study of the American Electorate, July 21, 2014: In the first 25 statewide primaries held this year, turnout in 15 of those states set record lows and overall turnout was down 3.5 percentage points from the 2010 primaries. Only three states had higher turnout in 2014 compared with 2010.
The High Cost of ‘Free’ Photo Voter Identification Cards – Richard Sobel, Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School, June 2014: This report examines the costs individuals may incur in obtaining photo identification in states where photo ID is required to vote at the polls.