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Poll Workers, Election Administration, and the Problem of Implicit Bias

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Racial bias in election administration—more specifically, in the interaction between poll workers and voters at a voting booth on election day—may be implicit, or unconscious. Poll workers frequently have de facto or de jure discretion over who gets to cast a ballot, and they operate in an environment of quick decision-making, based on minimal information, with few incentives for accuracy, and little opportunity to learn from errors. One possible result: under-voting by some racial or ethnic groups and over-voting by others. We present and evaluate several proposals to mitigate the impact of unconscious bias in America’s polling places.
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Page, Antony. "Poll Workers, Election Administration, and the Problem of Implicit Bias" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychology - Law Society, Westin Bayshore Hotel, Vancouver, BC, Canada, Mar 18, 2010 <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p399192_index.html>

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Page, A. , 2010-03-18 "Poll Workers, Election Administration, and the Problem of Implicit Bias" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychology - Law Society, Westin Bayshore Hotel, Vancouver, BC, Canada <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p399192_index.html

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Abstract: Racial bias in election administration—more specifically, in the interaction between poll workers and voters at a voting booth on election day—may be implicit, or unconscious. Poll workers frequently have de facto or de jure discretion over who gets to cast a ballot, and they operate in an environment of quick decision-making, based on minimal information, with few incentives for accuracy, and little opportunity to learn from errors. One possible result: under-voting by some racial or ethnic groups and over-voting by others. We present and evaluate several proposals to mitigate the impact of unconscious bias in America’s polling places.


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