The Complexity of the California Recall Election

  • Alvarez R
  • Goodrich M
  • Hall T
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Abstract

Several problems emerging during the 2003 CA gubernatorial recall election are examined. Two difficulties that affected how voters participated in the recall election are identified: the consolidation of precincts confused some voters & created long waiting times & certain counties' efforts to afford non-English ballots to certain minority language groups were problematized by translation difficulties. Problems regarding the lack of consistency between counties' ballot design & selection of voting machines are then discussed; specific attention is dedicated to exploring the severity of vertical proximity produced by counties' ballot designs & the difficulty of locating candidates on the ballots. Analysis of data from a telephone survey conducted after the recall election that measured voters' (N = 1,500) attitudes toward ballot design revealed that approximately 20% of participants experienced difficulties in locating their candidate of choice & were not confident that their ballots would be counted properly. 2 Tables, 8 References. J. W. Parker

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  • *California
  • *Counties
  • *Elections
  • *Electoral Systems
  • *Electronic Technology
  • *Recall
  • *Voting Behavior
  • *Voting Rights
  • 9107 politics
  • state and local politics

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Authors

  • R Michael Alvarez

  • Melanie Goodrich

  • Thad E Hall

  • Roderick Kiewiet

  • Sarah M Sled

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