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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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  • New Brief: The 2014 Voting Experience

    Pew today released a brief documenting the results of a series of surveys with voters about their expectations and practices during the 2014 midterm elections. The survey found that many voters spend less time waiting at the polls than they expect to; change their minds about how to cast their ballots; and return mail ballots in a variety of ways, not always using the U.S. Postal Service. Read More

  • The 2014 Voting Experience

    To better understand voters’ experiences in the 2014 midterm elections, The Pew Charitable Trusts conducted an analysis to examine both the expectations and the reality of voting practices. Among the most notable findings: Many voters spend less time waiting at the polls than they expect, many change their minds about how to cast a ballot, and those who obtain ballots by mail return them in... Read More

  • Alabama Joins ERIC

    Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill announced today that his state will become the 14th member of the Electronic Registration Information Center. ERIC is a multistate data-sharing partnership that uses secure, state-of-the-art technology to provide election officials with the data they need to keep voter lists complete and up-to-date. Read More

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