Election Initiatives

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.

Research & Analysis

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  • Room for Improvement

    In 2012, The Pew Charitable Trusts commissioned comprehensive research to measure how efficiently and effectively state motor vehicle agencies are providing voter registration services as required by the National Voter Registration Act. Read More

  • The Elections Performance Index 2012

    In 2012, The Pew Charitable Trusts unveiled the Elections Performance Index, or EPI, an online tool that provides the first comprehensive assessment of election administration in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The revised interactive adds data from the 2012 elections and makes it possible for the first time to compare performance across two presidential election years. Users can get... Read More

  • Understanding Online Voter Registration

    In June 2013, The Pew Charitable Trusts conducted a survey of the 13 states that offered online voter registration at that time: Arizona, California, Colorado, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Nevada, New York, Oregon, South Carolina, Utah, and Washington. This brief provides a summary of the survey's major findings in five areas—cost, implementation, voter convenience, system... Read More

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