• Publication: Journal of Information Technology & Politics
  • Authors: Catie Snow Bailard & Steven Livingston
  • Published: 20 Oct 2014.

"Controlling for a number of factors, we find that the number and nature of crowdmap reports generated by citizens is significantly correlated with increased voter turnout (by 8%) in the 2011 Nigerian presidential election as a result of providing officials with improved information about the functionality of local polling stations."

Key findings

  • “Instead, we show that crowdsourced reports provided operationally critical information about the functionality of the elections process to government election officials. Specifically, crowdsourced information led to the reallocation of resources to specific polling stations (those found to be in some way defective by information provided by crowdsourced information) in preparation for the presidential election.”
  • “ At the more granular level, reports of administrative failures (.0006, p ≤  .1), overt electoral manipulation (.004, p ≤  .01), and physical intimidation of voters (.009, p ≤  .01) generated during the April 9th NASS elections are strongly and significantly correlated with increased voter turnout in the subsequent presidential election on April 16. For example, the mean number (N =  19) of reports of overt vote manipulation during the NASS election increases voter turnout in the presidential election by 8 percentage points (see Table 1 ).”