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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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  • Over 2 Dozen State, Local Elections to Get Voting Information Project Support This Fall

    The Voting Information Project (VIP) continues to expand its support of state and local elections this year. As it did during the 2016 general election, VIP will provide critical information, such as polling place locations and ballot information, to voters who will cast ballots in at least 27 elections across 21 states this November, including the gubernatorial races in New Jersey and Virginia,... Read More

  • Voting Information Project Makes Casting Ballots Easier in 2017

    The Voting Information Project (VIP), an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts, is a collaboration with the states, Google, and other private sector partners to ensure that Americans have the official information they need to cast a ballot, including where to vote and what candidates and initiatives are on the ballot. Read More

  • Why Are Millions of Citizens Not Registered to Vote?

    In every state and the District of Columbia—except North Dakota—individuals who plan to vote in a federal election must first register to vote. However, a sizable share of eligible citizens do not register. Official statistics vary, but a conservative estimate, calculated using data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s most recent Voting and Registration Supplement, indicates that 21.4... Read More

Election Data Dispatches

Data, research, and analysis about election administration.

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