Faculty Advisory Committee Meeting
October 31, 2006
Dr. Louis Massicotte, Visiting Professor at the School of Public Affairs, and one of the world's leading experts on comparative electoral administration, discusses "Establishing the Rules of the Game: Election Laws in Democracies." Questions discussed included:
- How can we expand access and participation?
- What are the best approaches to voter registration and identification?
- What are the options with regards to voting technology and procedures?
- How can we best settle election disputes?
CDEM Activity Update
- POLL WORKER TRAINING
Under a grant from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, CDEM is recruiting and training AU students to work in the polls on Nov. 7 th in the District of Columbia. Training sessions were held Oct. 24 th and 25 th, and more than 100 AU students will be working in the District's 142 precincts on Election Day.
- VOTER ID
CDEM also was recently awarded a Smith Richardson Foundation grant of $150,000 to study the potential impact of requiring photo ID and proof-of-citizenship in order to vote. One of the most controversial topics in election reform, it is also one in which both sides acknowledge a critical lack of reliable data. CDEM aims to help fill that gap with an innovative research project using telephone surveys, in-person interviews and election observation.
- ELECTION OBSERVATIONS
For the second straight election, CDEM will be observing elections in D.C., Virginia and Maryland in conjunction with international lawyers and judges from the Humphrey Fellows program at the Law School.