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The Elections Performance Index

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In 2014, Pew released the latest edition of its Elections Performance Index, which included data from the 2012 general election in addition to the 2008 and 2010 elections. The index scores election administration in all 50 states and the District of Columbia according to 17 indicators of performance. The interactive tool allows users to easily evaluate and compare states.

Overall, election performance improved from 2008 to 2012. States’ scores rose by an average of 4.4 percentage points. Nationally, performance improved on 12 of the 17 indicators, including a decrease in the average wait time to vote and an increase in the number of states allowing online voter registration. The highest-performing states of 2012 tended to also have been among the highest performers in 2008 and 2010.

The index’s state rankings help clarify what it takes to be a leading state and reveal steps that other states can follow to improve their elections in the coming years. The findings also reflect the recommendations that the bipartisan Presidential Commission on Election Administration issued in 2014.

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