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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Although most of the data included in statewide voter registration lists is considered public information, laws determining who can acquire the lists and the costs to obtain them vary by state. The United States Elections Project recently conducted an analysis of the availability, data included, layout, price, and ordering information for voter lists from all 50 states and the District of... Read More
New data from the U.S. Census Bureau show that residential mobility continues to be an important concern in maintaining voter lists. According to the data, 35.7 million people, or 11.5 percent of Americans, relocated within the United States during 2014; of those, 16.7 million moved to a different county in the same or another state. Many of them, however, do not realize that they need to update... Read More
Wisconsin’s Government Accountability Board (GAB) has released a report detailing the accessibility of polling places for seniors and people with disabilities during the 2014 and 2015 election cycles. Using a post-election survey instrument and a customizable inspection tracking tool, the board audited 808 polling sites to ensure compliance with Wisconsin state law that protects... Read More
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Data, research, and analysis about election administration.