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Security and Integrity: Administrative Structure, Capacity, and American Elections

Ryan D. Williamson, Department of Political Science, Auburn University, USA, rdw0035@auburn.edu Kathleen Hale, Department of Political Science, Auburn University, USA, halekat@auburn.edu Mitchell Brown, Department of Political Science, Auburn University, USA, Brown11@auburn.edu
 
Suggested Citation
Ryan D. Williamson, Kathleen Hale and Mitchell Brown (2020), "Security and Integrity: Administrative Structure, Capacity, and American Elections", Journal of Political Institutions and Political Economy: Vol. 1: No. 2, pp 189-207. http://dx.doi.org/10.1561/113.00000008

Publication Date: 11 Jun 2020
© 2020 R. D. Williamson, K. Hale, and M. Brown
 
Subjects
Political networks,  Elections: Electoral institutions,  International relations: Security,  Bureaucracy: Public administration
 
Keywords
Electionssecuritytechnologyadministrationcapacity
 

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In this article:
Technology and Election Administration
System Considerations
Conclusion
References

Abstract

Technology plays an increasingly large role in the electoral process — from registration, to casting ballots, to vote tabulation. These advances carry many positive consequences for voters and for administrators. However, technological tools also carry unique vulnerabilities ranging from simple user error to tabulation manipulation. Therefore, this work outlines the institutional environment around technology in election administration, discusses resources that have recently been created by states and the federal government to support technology, and examines efforts to mitigate and prepare for vulnerabilities. Our analysis shows that states have taken a varied approach to addressing the issue of cybersecurity readiness. These results not only speak to the study of election administration but also bear consequences for practitioners in the field.

DOI:10.1561/113.00000008

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