With the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary over, the presidential campaign now moves into the heart of the primary schedule. Thirty-one states will hold elections in the next five weeks, and millions of voters will need to know where to vote and what’s on their ballots.
The Voting Information Project (VIP), a project of The Pew Charitable Trusts, is a partnership with the states and Google to ensure that U.S. voters have the official information they need to cast ballots, such as precinct location and ballot content. In 2016, the project will provide this critical data for more than 70 elections, including the upcoming presidential primaries and general election, statewide primaries in 40 states, runoffs where applicable, and dozens of local and municipal races across the country.
VIP provides applications and tools to state and local governments, third-party organizations, voters, and any other interested parties to make providing and accessing vital information easier and faster:
Secretaries of state and state election directors from across the country will convene today in Washington to kick off the winter meetings of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) and the National Association of State Election Directors (NASED). Ensuring that voters get accurate, up-to-date voting information in this election year will be a major topic of discussion for both organizations. Also on the NASS and NASED agendas are:
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Sean Greene is a project director and Bobby Hoffman is a senior associate for election initiatives at The Pew Charitable Trusts.