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Published Online: 13 March 2015

Presidential Commission on Election Administration: Absentee and Early Voting: Weighing the Costs of Convenience

Publication: Election Law Journal
Volume 14, Issue Number 1


Absentee and early voting are increasingly popular in the United States. Most states have embraced one of these options to make voting easier. Absentee voting is often marginally more convenient and might be less expensive to administer, but it also carries unique costs in terms of ballot insecurity, higher odds of error and fraud, and a concomitant reduction in public confidence. States intent on making the act of voting easier should prefer in-person early voting to absentee voting, while continuing to focus on improving the experience of Election Day voting.

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cover image Election Law Journal: Rules, Politics, and Policy
Election Law Journal
Volume 14Issue Number 1March 2015
Pages: 32 - 37


Published online: 13 March 2015
Published in print: March 2015


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Barry C. Burden is a professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Madison, WI. Brian J. Gaines is a professor in the Department of Political Science and the Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Urbana, IL.
Address correspondence to:Brian J. GainesInstitute of Government and Public AffairsUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign1007 W. Nevada StreetUrbana, IL 61801E-mail: [email protected]

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