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Title: Voter Experience with Election Day Vote Centers in the 2008 Lubbock, Texas Presidential Election


1
Voter Experience with Election Day Vote Centers
in the 2008 Lubbock, Texas Presidential Election
  • Robert M. Stein Greg Vonnahme
  • Rice University University of
    Alabama
  • Prepared for the
  • Lubbock County Commissioners Court
  • March 23, 2009
  • Support for this research was
  • provided by the
  • Pew Charitable Trusts and
  • the JHET Foundation

2
Study Topics
  • Voter experience with, and evaluation of,
    Election Day vote centers.
  • Effect of vote centers on voting experience of
    infrequent voters.
  • Effect of voting place characteristics on voter
    experience.
  • Effect of vote centers on voting experience of
    racial and ethnic minority voters.

3
Study Design
  • Exit poll of 1,189 Election Day voters in
    Lubbock, Randall and Potter Counties, Texas
  • Field work conducted by Earl Survey Research
    Laboratory, Texas Tech University
  • Sampling units and method
  • 3 Counties (1 EDVC, 2 Precinct)?
  • 23 Election Day polling places (12 EDVC, 11
    Precinct)?
  • Exit polls conducted during morning, afternoon
    and late afternoon periods.

4
Voter turnout
5
Usability of Voting Systems(5-point scale,
Strongly Agree to Strongly Disagree)?
  • I thought the voting system was easy to use.
  • I think that I would like to use this system
    again.
  • I found the voting system unnecessarily complex.
  • I think that I would need the support of a
    technical person to use the system.
  • I felt confident using the system.
  • I needed to learn a lot of things before I could
    get going with the system.

6
Voting Experience (5-point scale, where
applicable, Strongly Agree to Strongly Disagree)
  • I am confident that my vote will be counted
    accurately.
  • How long did you wait in line to vote?
  • It is important to me that there is a paper
    record of my vote.

7
Voting place was close to
  • Shopping
  • Residence
  • Schools
  • Major roadway
  • Workplace

8
Rating of Voting Place(5-point scale, Strongly
Agree to Strongly Disagree)
  • The location was easy for me to find.
  • I had to go far out of my way to vote.
  • It was easy for me to find a place to park.
  • The poll workers were helpful.

9
System Was Easy to Use
10
Would Use System Again
11
System Unnecessarily Complex
12
Need Technical Support
13
Confident Using the System
14
Need To Learn More About System
15
Confident My Vote Will Be Counted Accurately
16
Important To Have Paper Record of Vote
17
Time To Vote
18
Location easy to find
19
Parking hard to find
20
Voting place proximity
21
Voting place attributes
22
The experience of non-habitual voters- voting
place easy to find
23
The experience of non-habitual voters- need to go
far out of my way to vote
24
The experience of non-habitual voters- parking
was hard to find
25
The experience of non-habitual voters- poll
workers were helpful
26
Voting experience by race and ethnicity
27
Conclusions
  • Vote centers receive high positive ratings from
    voters in the 2008 Lubbock County, Texas
    Presidential election.
  • Voters rated their experiences at vote centers
    higher than precincts on
  • Accessibility of the voting place
  • Time to vote
  • Parking
  • Poll work assistance

28
Non-habitual voters report a more positive voting
experience at EDVCs over precinct voting
places.Hispanic voters report a more positive
voting experience at vote centers over precincts

Conclusions, continued
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