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Activity Number: 488
Type: Invited
Date/Time: Wednesday, August 1, 2012 : 10:30 AM to 12:20 PM
Sponsor: Scientific and Public Affairs Advisory Committee
Abstract - #303988
Title: Preventing Fraud Versus Preventing Voting
Author(s): Arlene S. Ash*+ and John Lamperti
Companies: University of Massachusetts Medical School and Dartmouth College
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Recent years have seen a wave of laws making it more difficult to vote in the United States. Their ostensible purpose is to prevent voting by persons not legally qualified and thus to improve voter confidence in electoral integrity. Are such laws in fact needed to address serious fraud problems? On the other hand, how many and what kinds of voters will be or have been disenfranchised by them? Is voter confidence positively (or negatively) affected by voter ID laws? We will survey what is known about such issues and offer suggestions for how statisticians can contribute.

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