Election Initiatives

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Why Election Administration Matters

American elections today operate much the way they did at the turn of the 20th century. Our work is aimed at modernizing elections systems, with a focus on three areas:

  • Helping states improve voter registration systems, including maintaining accurate lists in a time of increased mobility;
  • Collaborating with technology companies and state election offices to provide voters with easy access to official election information; and
  • Strengthening research on election administration and developing data measures to provide an empirical assessment of how well our nation is conducting elections.

How We Conduct Our Work

  • Policy Advocacy. In the states, we advocate for data-driven policies that make the best use of taxpayer resources while ensuring the highest standards of accuracy, convenience, security, and efficiency.
  • Innovative Tools. We work with election officials, academics, and technology specialists to develop tools that help states streamline election processes and make the most of 21st-century technology. 
  • Research. We conduct policy-relevant research to identify areas of strength and weakness in current elections systems and to evaluate possible solutions. The findings help states improve the way elections are administered in the U.S. 
  • Information Sharing. Through events, online election dispatches, interactive graphics, and public appearances, we lead a national conversation on the importance of improved election systems. In doing so, we serve as a resource to state policy makers and election administrators making data-driven policy decisions.

Election Data Dispatches

Election Data Dispatches provides data, research, and analysis about election administration in...

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Voting Information Project

VIP provides voters with the information they need to cast a ballot—when they need it and where...

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Upgrading Voter Registration

Pew and its partners are building on cutting edge practices in some states and the private...

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Military and Overseas Voting

Pew supports reforms that guarantee all citizens abroad can participate in our democracy from a...

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Media Contact

Stephanie Bosh

Officer, Communications

202.540.6741