Elections:

A Framework for Evaluating Reform Proposals

GAO-02-90: Published: Oct 15, 2001. Publicly Released: Oct 15, 2001.

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As a result of events surrounding the November 2000 presidential election, public officials and various interest groups have proposed reforms to address perceived shortcomings of various election systems. The complexity and intricacy of the American electoral system suggests that the success of an election system depends on the appropriate integration of people, processes, and technology. This report presents an analytical framework that Congress could use as it weighs the merits of various reform proposals.

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