Articles by Doug Chapin



Solving Elections’ “Snowplow Problem”

Unvoted ballots are a significant post-election challenge and a huge waste of public dollars. This post uses the analogy to the “snowplow problem” to look at efforts to more closely match ballot printing with voter demand for ballots.


Estimating Election Costs – Easier Than It Seems?

Pew’s latest Election Data Dispatch looks at cost data from Massachusetts’ recent special U.S. Senate election. The data suggests that even a modest investment in data collection can pay powerful dividends in certainty about election costs.



“New Eyes” and Elections

A recent op-ed on smartphone voting points out the value of “new eyes” in the ongoing effort to modernize our system of elections.



An Educated Consumer is Our Best Voter

With Election Day 2011 (and Election Day 2012!) rapidly approaching, here’s what every voter can do to make sure he or she is an “educated consumer” before casting a ballot.