The impact of touch screen voting machines on voter roll-off
Jennings, Matthew Steven
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Since the 2002 midterm elections, the State of Georgia has used touch screen voting machines in its elections. Among other things, these voting machines include a feature that notifies voters of contests in which the voter has yet to cast a vote. This study seeks to determine the effects of these machines on voter roll-off, which occurs when a voter casts votes for offices at the beginning of the ballot and fails to register a vote for offices farther along the ballot. Analyzing seven statewide offices over six elections, I find strong evidence that roll-off has dropped precipitously since the state’s adoption of the touch screen machines. This decline seems to have been influenced by the change in voting technology, although the effects are not uniform.