11/02/2004 08:00:00

Media Can Call to Discuss Election: What Worked, What Didn't

PASADENA, Calif.— Researchers from the Caltech/MIT Voting Technology Project are available to discuss how voting technology performed on election day and other election-related issues, via conference call with the news media, Nov. 3 at 8 a.m. PST/11 a.m EST.

This team of computer scientists and political scientists from two of the nation's most prestigious universities has been at work since the 2000 election evaluating the state of the American voting system. Their research has focused on all aspects of the election process, and includes the groundbreaking study "What Is; What Could Be" (July 2001), which found that 4 to 6 million votes were lost in the 2000 presidential election. The Voting Technology Project web site is at http://www.vote.caltech.edu/

WHO: Caltech/MIT Voting Technology Project co-directors Michael Alvarez at Caltech and Ted Selker at MIT; Caltech professors of political science Jonathan Katz and Rod Kiewiet; Shuki Bruck, the Gordon and Betty Moore Professor of Computation and Neural Systems and Electrical Engineering at Caltech; Steve Ansolobehere, professor of political science at MIT; and Charles Stewart, professor of political science and associate dean of humanities, arts, and social sciences at MIT.

WHAT: Media availability with informal Q&A. There is no set agenda; you may address questions to a particular individual or to the group at large.

WHEN: Wednesday, November 3, 8 a.m. PST/11 a.m. EST, one hour (call anytime)

NUMBER TO CALL: Call toll-free (877) 322-9648, punch in code 576979

Written by Jill Perry