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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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Assessing the 2014 Election

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

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  • New Leadership, Same Crucial Election Administration Mission

    The Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC) has announced that Shane Hamlin, former co-director of elections for the state of Washington, will replace John Lindback as the center’s executive director when Lindback retires in June. Read More

  • Election Security in America

    The U.S. secretaries of state, charged with running elections, recently met in Washington, D.C., to evaluate the past election season and to discuss what they can do to improve the process. Connecticut Secretary of State Denise Merrill, who serves as the president of the National Association of Secretaries of State, spoke with The Pew Charitable Trusts about the security of voting in America. Read More

  • VIP Continues to Support Elections Throughout 2017

    The Voting Information Project (VIP) is significantly expanding its support of state and local elections in 2017. As it did in 2016 during the general election, VIP will provide critical information, such as polling place locations and ballot information, to voters who will cast ballots in more than 70 elections. Read More

Election Data Dispatches

Data, research, and analysis about election administration.

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