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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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Election Dispatches

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  • More States Pass Laws to Help Military and Overseas Voters

    Nearly five years ago, the Uniform Law Commission approved a model law, the Uniform Military and Overseas Voters Act, designed to help resolve longstanding, widespread voting problems in federal, state, and local elections for American military personnel and citizens overseas. Read More

  • Who Foots the Bill for Mail Voting in California?

    Since 2002, California has allowed citizens to become permanent mail voters, receiving absentee ballots for all elections. As of the June 2014 primary, more than 8 million Californians had signed up for permanent mail voting, and in the last two general elections, more than half of the ballots in the state have been mail ballots. But there is disagreement about whether the state or counties... Read More

  • Massachusetts Becomes 21st State to Implement Online Voter Registration

    The Massachusetts secretary of state’s office recently announced that the state now allows eligible citizens to register to vote and update their address and political party affiliation entirely online. Massachusetts joins 20 other states and the District of Columbia in offering voters this efficient and convenient option. Similar systems are being built in at least six other states. Read More

Election Data Dispatches

Data, research, and analysis about election administration.

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