Researchers use new statistical method to show fraudulent voting in Russian election
Study shows voter turnout can be increased with simple word change
Looks like a winner: Scientists demonstrate how much candidate appearances affect election outcomes
When you vote in an election, your choice is surely not influenced by anything as superficial as a candidate's looks, right?
Perfect NCAA bracket? Near impossible, mathematician says
The odds of picking a perfect bracket for the NCAA men's basketball March Madness championship tournament are a staggering less than one in 9.2 quintillion (that's 9,223,372,036,854,775,808), according to ...
New laws threaten Brazil's unique ecosystems
Brazil's globally significant ecosystems could be exposed to mining and dams if proposals currently being debated by the Brazilian Congress go ahead, according to researchers publishing in the journal Science this w ...
False beliefs persist, even after instant online corrections
It seems like a great idea: Provide instant corrections to web-surfers when they run across obviously false information on the Internet. But a new study suggests that this type of tool may not be a panacea for dispelling ...
2012 US election a 'Moneyball' win for geeks
It was not just a victory for President Barack Obama, it was validation for the number-crunchers and statistical model geeks, including a New York Times blogger who became a target for conservatives.
Vote glitch reports pile up in US election (Update)
Voting went smoothly in Tuesday's US elections, except when it didn't. Some computer problems, as well as human ones, drew complaints across the country as millions of Americans went to the polls.
Browser plugin helps people balance their political news reading habits
As the U.S. presidential election approaches, many voters become voracious consumers of online political news. A tool by a University of Washington researcher tracks whether all those articles really provide ...
Twitter data crunching: The new crystal ball
Fabio Ciulla from Northeastern University, Boston, USA, and his colleagues demonstrated that the elimination of contestants in TV talent shows based on public voting, such as American Idol, can be anticipated. They unveiled ...
Security flaws could taint 2012 US election: report
Security flaws in voting technology in a number of US states could taint the outcome of the 2012 election, a study concluded Wednesday, saying it was "highly likely" some systems will fail.
Online tool can detect patterns in US election news coverage
The US presidential election dominates the global media every four years, with news articles, which are carefully analysed by commentators and campaign strategists, playing a major role in shaping voter opinion. ...
Potential for odd election outcomes with ranked choice voting system, says mathematician
"Instant runoff" voting which San Franciscans will use next week to choose their new mayor, county sheriff and district attorney requires voters to rank their three top choices in each race, ...
People tend to exaggerate influence of political ads on others
The push for campaign finance reform may be driven by a tendency to overestimate the power of political messages to influence other people's opinions, according to researchers.