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Mebane, WR Jr (2007)

Election Forensics: Statistical Interventions in Election Controversies

Prepared for presentation at the 2007 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Chicago, August 30–Sept 2.

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Abstract: Controversies about elections are not exactly commonplace, but neither are they rare. In recent years a suite of statistical tools has been developed for diagnosing election anomalies and possibly detecting election fraud. One set of tests focus on patterns in the digits of reported vote counts. I compare the results of such testing to the judgments reached by various sets of election monitors and observers, focusing on four elections: Ohio in the U.S. presidential election in 2004; the presidential election in Mexico in 2006; the 2001 General Election in Bangladesh; and the 2004 presidential election in Indonesia. The statistical tests broadly but not completely agree with observers’ conclusions.

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Reference Type: Conference Paper

Subject Area(s): Political Science