The Monitoring the Election Project

Election Integrity in the 2018 Elections:  Orange County, California

Our research project in 2018, in collaboration with the Orange County Registrar Recorder, seeks to collect, analyze, and disseminate data and analyses that will help voters, stakeholders, and the general public evaluate the integrity of the primary and general elections in the county in 2018.  The project team is lead by Professor R. Michael Alvarez, the co-director of the Caltech/MIT Voting Technology Project, who has been developing methods for evaluating the integrity of elections as part of his work with the Voting Technology Project since the 2000 presidential election.  The project is supported by a research grant to Caltech from The John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation, and by the Caltech/MIT Voting Technology Project.  

Project Partners

This research project is in partnership with:

the Orange County Registrar Recorder

The Caltech/MIT Voting Technology Project

The John Randolph Haynes foundation

History of the Caltech/MIT Voting Technology Project

Established by Caltech President David Baltimore and MIT President Charles Vest in December 2000 to prevent a recurrence of the problems that threatened the 2000 U.S. Presidential Election. Since establishment, members of the VTP have studied all aspects of the election process, both in the United States and abroad. VTP faculty, research affiliates, and students have written many working papers, published scores of academic articles and books, and worked on a great array of specific projects.

All of this research and policymaking activity seeks to develop better voting technologies, to improve election administration, and to deepen scientific research in these areas.

Since project inception, the VTP has received substantial financial support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Today, members of the VTP are active in:

  • Developing better voting systems standards and testing practices
  • Studying and developing novel and improved post-election auditing procedures
  • Assessing and evaluating the voting experience in federal elections
  • Examining ways to make the process of voter registration more secure and more accessible
  • Evaluating methods of voter authentication, and their effects on the election process
  • Improving voting technologies