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Election Administration and Voting Survey, 2008 [United States] (ICPSR 29141)

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Every two years, the United States Election Assistance Commission collects election administration-related data from 50 states, the District of Columbia, and four territories (Guam, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, and the United States Virgin Islands). Data are collected at the state and county levels from the entities listed above. This is administrative data collected directly from the states and territories; there is no sampling or weighting of the data involved. Topics include: voter registration, overseas voting, domestic absentee voting, provisional balloting, first-time voters, poll workers, electronic poll books, turnout, and type of voting systems used. The data cover the period from the day after Election Day 2006 to Election Day 2008.

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DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  Voter Registration - Download All Files (88.9 MB)
DS2:  UOCAVA - Download All Files (104.8 MB)
DS3:  Domestic Absentee Ballots - Download All Files (30.7 MB)
DS4:  Election Administration - Download All Files (17.9 MB)
DS5:  Provisional Ballots - Download All Files (19.3 MB)
DS6:  Election Day Activities - Download All Files (19.9 MB)
DS7:  Election Day Activities 2 - Download All Files (87.7 MB)
DS8:  Election Day Activities 3 - Download All Files (7.3 MB)
DS9:  Election Day Activities 4 - Download All Files (5.1 MB)

Study Description


United States Election Assistance Commission. Election Administration and Voting Survey, 2008 [United States]. ICPSR29141-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2011-07-14. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR29141.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   absentee ballots, absentee voters, absentee votes, elections, voter registration, voter turnout, voting ballots, voting behavior, voting machines, voting precincts

Smallest Geographic Unit:   county

Geographic Coverage:   American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, United States, Virgin Islands of the United States

Time Period:  

  • 2006-11-08--2008-11-04

Date of Collection:  

  • 2008-03

Data Types:   administrative records data, census/enumeration data

Data Collection Notes:

The column widths for several character variables were shortened for compliance with STATA.

Variable B9C_NA contains an unknown code.

Several variables contain both the values "x" and "X". ICPSR assumes that these values represent a check in the box "Data Not Available". Please examine the example variable at the beginning of the data collection instrument which indicates how these questions were answered.

The original data files for parts 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, and 9 contained extraneous carriage returns which were removed.

Variable F7ANOUSE was converted from character to numeric.


Mode of Data Collection:   self-enumerated questionnaire

Extent of Processing:  ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Created online analysis version with question text.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


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