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Title Does HAVA Help the Have-Nots? US Adoption of New Election Equipment, 1980-2008
Author Johnson, Daniel K. N.
Lybecker, Kristina M.
Type of Resource text
Digital Origin born digital
Date Created 2008-10-23
Abstract During the tabulation of votes in the 2000 presidential election, the world was shocked at the technological inadequacy of electoral equipment in many parts of the US. In reaction to public dismay over "hanging chads", Congress quickly enacted the Help America Vote Act (HAVA), legislation to fund the acquisition of advanced vote-counting technology. However, the intention was to enable, rather than mandate, choices of new electoral equipment. This paper takes advantage of a unique historical opportunity to test whether electoral equipment follows the pattern predicted by well-established models of innovation diffusion, merging electoral data with census data on socioeconomic characteristics. We infer that fiscal constraints to acquisition are strong but are not the only limitations to technology adoption, particularly within certain types of easily identifiable populations.
Keywords election
Help America Vote Act (HAVA)
voting equipment
Rights Statement Copyright restrictions apply. Contact the author for permission to publish.
Note (admin) Acquired as PDF from Colorado College Department of Economics and Business. Converted to PDF/A1.b using Adobe Acrobat Professional.
Publisher Colorado College
Place of Publication Colorado Springs, Colorado
Local Identifier 2008-08
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/10176/coccc:2607
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