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Non-Partisan Election Experts Available to Analyze and Discuss Voting Process and Challenges

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Experts with the Pew Center on the States' electionline.org are available now through Election Day to discuss voting trends and up-to-the-minute analysis of turnout and voting problems.

Mid-Afternoon Voting Report: So Far, So Good, Says Doug Chapin, director Pew Center on the States' electionline.org (Nov. 4)

With a team of election observers on the ground in seven key states and experienced analysts monitoring the voting process across the nation, Pew's non-partisan experts Doug Chapin and Dan Seligson bring nearly 30 years of combined elections experience to analyze voting trends and issues as they develop now and on Election Day.  The Pew Center on the States also offers a comprehensive array of resources, comparative maps and data on our election system at http://www.pewcenteronthestates.org/electionline.

Who:
Doug Chapin, Pew's electionline.org director
Dan Seligson, Pew's electionline.org editor

What: Expert, non-partisan analysis of the voting process and on-the-ground observation and analysis of voting issues in Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Virginia.

When: Now and on Election Day

Contact: 
Janet Lane, jclane@pewtrusts.org / 202.552.2037
Andy McDonald, amcdonald@pewtrusts.org / 202.552.2178
Jessica Riordan, jriordan@pewtrusts.org / 215.575.4886 

Election Information and Resources Currently Available From electionline.org:

The Pew Center on the States' electionline.org provides at-a-glance state-by-state information on election administration in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Information is updated regularly and is current as of October 2008.

Topics currently available:

Also available is Pew's electionline.org's report, Election Preview 2008: What if we had an Election and Everyone Came and a review of the 2008 primary season

Check www.pewcenteronthestates.org/electionline on Election Day for dispatches from key states as well as continually updated links to news stories from around the country.

Additional information about voting technology usage can be found at Election Data Services (PDF).

Additional information about early and absentee voting can be found at the Early Voting Information Center and the United States Election Project.

The United States Election Project also provides data on the voting eligible population for 2008 as well as historical turnout data.

Using the Pew Center on the States' Web site's Trends to Watch data and analysis, you can also access comparative historical data and interactive maps from all 50 states on voter turnout, voter characteristics, voter registration rates and those segments of the voting age population that are eligible to vote.

Trends to Watch helps state policy makers, journalists, and the public follow the major trends that determine if states thrive—or not—and track where the 50 states stand relative to each trend across a range of public policy concerns, including economic competitiveness, education, the environment, the democratic process and government performance.

Editors' Note: Upcoming Post-Election Analysis: Pew Center on the States presents a Post-Election conference evaluating our system of election administration, Voting in America—The Road Ahead, at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., Dec. 8–10, 2008.

Electionline.org is a project of Pew's Center on the States. electionline.org is committed to the Center's mission to examine effective policy approaches to critical issues facing states by conducting highly credible research, bringing together diverse perspectives, analyzing states' experiences to determine what works and what doesn't, and collaborating with other funders and organizations to shine a spotlight on nonpartisan, pragmatic solutions.

The Pew Charitable Trusts applies the power of knowledge to solve today's most challenging problems.  Our Pew Center on the States identifies and advances effective policy approaches to critical issues facing states.

Pew is no longer active in this line of work, but for more information, please visit electionline.org.