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Pew supports innovative research and partnerships to achieve the highest standards of accuracy, cost-effectiveness, convenience, and security in America’s system of election administration.

Voting is our most fundamental responsibility as citizens—without it, our American democracy wouldn’t exist. Pew’s election work supports innovative research and partnerships to achieve the highest standards of accuracy, cost-effectiveness, convenience, and security in America’s system of election administration. Because effective elections systems are fundamental to our nation’s democracy, we examine pressing election problems, share successful practices, and undertake projects to help states implement efficient and cost-effective solutions. 

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Voting Information Project Data Flow

The Voting Information Project (VIP) works with states to ensure that Americans can easily find...

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Assessing the 2014 Election

The Elections Performance Index has been updated to include data from 2014.

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  • Colorado Upgrades Motor Voter System

    In 2017, Colorado’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) upgraded its Motor Voter process. A small workinggroup—made up of state and election officials from the Secretary of State’s Office, representatives from theelection offices in Denver and Arapahoe counties, and personnel from the DMV—reviewed proposals andmade recommendations for the new system. This working group... Read More

  • Virginia Builds a More Effective Motor Voter System

    During summer 2016, Virginia’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) completed an upgrade to its Motor Voter process for in-person and online transactions. State officials leveraged a larger effort to modernize the DMV’s core services to streamline and standardize the interagency voter registration process, including building a realtime electronic connection between departments, revising... Read More

  • State Motor Voter Systems Face Technological and Administrative Challenges

    In a 2014 report, “Measuring Motor Voter,” The Pew Charitable Trusts noted that research on Motor Voter implementation has been constrained by poor data quality in state systems. To explore this issue further and fill gaps in current data collection, Pew commissioned a 2016 survey of almost 3,000 citizens in five Great Lakes states. Read More

Election Data Dispatches

Data, research, and analysis about election administration.

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