Carnegie Corporation Investment Leads to New AAAS Database to Aid Voting Reform

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A 2004 Carnegie Corporation grant to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has helped launched the nation's first Web-based, searchable database that provides access to a broad range of voting-related research. Read press release.

Visit the AAAS Research Database on the U.S. Voting System and Voting Technology

The project will give researchers, election administrators, journalists, and others fast, free access to studies on issues ranging from voting technology and ballot design to voter behavior and impediments to voting. The database debuted with about 500 entries and is expected to grow considerably.

Worries about the voting system emerged after problem-plagued elections in 2000 and 2006. The National Science Foundation and AAAS convened scholars, election administrators, and others for a workshop in 2004; the Carnegie Corporation of New York and AAAS held another in 2006. Plans for a database emerged from those talks, said Mark S. Frankel, director of the AAAS Scientific Freedom, Responsibility and Law Program.