Inside Election Science

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With the presidential election less than two weeks away, we get an update on the science of elections. From paper trails for touch-screen machines to optical scans and butterfly ballots, how will technology affect the election results? And amid charges from both sides that pollsters are manipulating the data, we take a look at how polls are constructed, and what their results tell us about Election Day.


Michael Alvarez , professor of political science; co-director of Cal-Tech/MIT Voting Technology Project at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.

Annalee Newitz, author of "Sorry Your Vote Has Been (Lost, Hacked, Miscast, Recorded Twice)", November 2004 issue of Popular Science; writer of syndicated column Techsploitation;" media coordinator and policy analyst, Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Cliff Zukin, vice president, American Association for Public Opinion Research; professor of public policy, Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University.

Scott Keeter, director of survey research, Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, Washington, D.C.



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