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Voting in 2008: Ten Swing States

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Publication Date: September 2008

Publisher(s): Century Foundation; Common Cause Education Fund

Author(s): Tova Wang; Samuel Oliker-Friedland; Melissa Reiss; Kristen Oshyn

Funder(s): Carnegie Corporation of New York; Quixote Foundation; John Merck Fund

Funder(s): Carnegie Corporation of New York; Quixote Foundation; John Merck Fund

Special Collection: Presidential Advisory

Topic: Politics (Elections and voting)

Keywords: Swing states; Presidential transition; Voting reform

Type: Report

Coverage: Colorado Wisconsin Pennsylvania Ohio Missouri Michigan Georgia Florida

Abstract:

In this report, we examine what, if any, progress has been made since 2006 in seven battleground states: Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. We also have added three states to our survey, Colorado, New Mexico, and Virginia, whose new status as possible swing states have made them newly relevant to our survey. We have broadened the list of issues we are examining, and looked in greater depth at poll worker training and recruitment, student voting rights, and voter education. Other criteria we examine include laws and policies regarding voter registration and statewide databases, voter identification, challenge laws, deceptive practices, provisional ballots, and allocation of voting machines.