2018 Pre-APSA Workshop: 

“Building Better Elections: New Challenges in Electoral Management”

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Massachusetts Institute of Technology · Boston, MA, USA

Co-chairs: Holly Ann Garnett & Toby S. James

In 2017, election management bodies (EMBs) around the world were confronted with a number of new challenges: presidential elections in Kenya were declared invalid amidst allegations of problems with the electoral commission’s databases and computers; elections in Papua New Guinea were delayed in some areas due to striking poll workers and concerns about the accuracy of the electoral register; and a commission on voter fraud in the United States was thwarted by state electoral officials refusing to release data.

In response to these challenges, researchers from around the globe have renewed their focus on electoral management issues in both domestic and comparative perspective. This workshop aims to bring together scholars and practitioners to discuss major challenges in electoral management, and foster new collaborations.

This workshop invites paper proposals relating to any new challenges of electoral management, including (but not limited to):

  • Electoral technology (biometrics, online registration, e-voting, security and trust)
  • Convenience voting and registration measures (postal ballots, early voting, access for disabled and other marginalized voters)
  • Regulating new media and campaign finance (the role of electoral officials in regulation and prosecution of violations)
  • Electoral dispute resolution (the legal constraints/powers of EMBs and responses to challenged results).
  • Protecting electoral security (pre-electoral, election day, and vote count, both personal and technological)

Paper proposals (with a maximum 250-word abstract) are due on March 23, 2018 and may be submitted here.

Key Dates:

  • Paper proposals deadline: March 23, 2018
  • Acceptance notification: April 15, 2018
  • Registration deadline: August 1, 2018
  • Paper submission deadline: August 15, 2018
  • Conference: August 29, 2018

For further information, please contact the co-chairs: Holly Ann Garnett ( and Toby S. James (

Co-sponsored by:

The Electoral Management Network (

The Electoral Integrity Project (

The MIT Election Data and Science Lab (MEDSL) (

The University of East Anglia (

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