Elections: 2007 Survey of State Voting System Programs (GAO-08-1147SP, September 2008), an E-supplement to GAO-08-874 (updated in January 2009)

Read the Full Report Elections: States, Territories, and the District Are Taking a Range of Important Steps to Manage their Varied Voting System Environments (GAO-08-874)


This document was updated in January 2009 to include the results of GAOs 2007 Survey of State Voting System Programs. The purpose of the survey was to collect nationwide information on requirements, activities, experiences, changes, and views relative to: voting methods and systems used; voting system approval, testing, and problem management; and federal resources and services. The Web-based survey was made available to state-level election officials in all 50 states, four U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia. We obtained responses from 47 states, all 4 territories, and the District of Columbia. The total number of responses to individual questions may be fewer than 52, depending upon how many states and territories, including the District, were eligible or chose to respond to a particular question. The scope of this work did not include contacting election officials from local jurisdictions to verify survey responses.

A more detailed discussion of our scope and methodology and a discussion of selected survey results are contained in our report entitled Elections: States, Territories, and the District Are Taking a Range of Important Steps to Manage their Varied Voting System Environments, GAO-08-874. We conducted our Web-based survey of state-level election officials from December 2007 to April 2008. We conducted our overall study from October 2007 to September 2008.

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