Past Events

  • 2018 Pre-APSA Workshop

    “Building Better Elections: New Challenges in Electoral Management”

    This event was held on August 29, 2018.

    In 2017, election management bodies (EMBs) around the world were confronted with a number of new challenges: presidential elections in Kenya were declared invalid amidst allegations of problems with the electoral commission’s databases and computers; elections in Papua New Guinea were delayed in some areas due to striking poll workers and concerns about the accuracy of the electoral register; and a commission on voter fraud in the United States was thwarted by state electoral officials refusing to release data.

    In response to these challenges, researchers from around the globe have renewed their focus on electoral management issues in both domestic and comparative perspective. This workshop aimed to bring together scholars and practitioners to discuss major challenges in electoral management, and foster new collaborations.

    This workshop featured papers and presentations relating to new challenges of electoral management, including (but not limited to):

    • Electoral Technology (biometrics, online registration, e-voting, security and trust)
    • Convenience voting measures (postal ballots, early voting, access for disabled and other marginalized voters)
    • Regulating new media and campaign finance (the role of electoral officials in regulation and prosecution of violations)
    • Electoral dispute resolution (the legal constraints/powers of EMBs and responses to challenged results)
    • Protecting electoral security (pre-electoral, election day, vote count both personal and technological)

    This workshop also aimed to bring together both American and international scholars. A special round0table featured leading scholars from the election sciences community. Click here to learn more.

  • Launch: 2016 Elections Performance Index

    On August 9, 2018, the MIT Election Data & Science Lab launched the updated 2016 Elections Performance Index, an objective evaluation of election management in the United States. For more information on the index and the launch, visit the Index website or read our blog post.

  • 2018 Election Sciences, Reform, and Administration Conference

    The conference, held on July 26-27, 2018, brought together political scientists and other experts in election administration to develop rigorous empirical approaches to the study of how law and administrative procedures affect the quality of elections in the United States. Participants discussed major questions in the field, shared new insights, fostered collaboration between election administrators and election scientists, and connected senior and junior scholars.

    Click here to learn more about the conference.

  • Election Science Working Group: September 2017

    The September meeting of the Boston/Cambridge Election Science Working Group was held on September 14, 2017, allowing current and former members to discuss the group's agenda for the year.

Claire DeSoi