The Pew Center on the States and the JEHT Foundation Announce $2 Million in Grants Available to Study and Improve U.S. Elections

Contact: Jessica Riordan, 215.575.4886


Washington, D.C. - 04/01/2007 - The Pew Center on the States, in partnership with The Pew Charitable Trusts’ Make Voting Work initiative and the JEHT Foundation, recently announced $2 million in grants available to help diagnose how well U.S. elections are run and to plan pilot projects testing solutions to be conducted in 2007 and 2008.

Proposals were accepted through June 4th.

About Make Voting Work

Make Voting Work is an ambitious initiative funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts and launched in January 2007. Make Voting Work’s mandate is to foster an election system that achieves the highest standards of accuracy, convenience for eligible voters, efficiency and security.
The initiative will use rigorous research and real-world experiments to identify policies, practices and technologies that address the key challenges facing the election process.

$2 Million Request for Proposals—New Diagnostics and New Solutions

The path to fostering an accurate, convenient, efficient and secure election system starts by: o Diagnosing the most pressing problems; and o Undertaking and evaluating pilot projects and experiments designed to address identified problems during elections – under the stress of real-world conditions.

The Pew Center on the States will consider two kinds of proposals for funding: o Proposals for studies that develop new diagnostics of the health of the election system; and o Proposals for planning grants to implement pilot projects and evaluate new solutions for the election process working closely with election officials.

Election officials and academics currently studying elections, as well as experts from diverse disciplines (e.g., computer science, economics, engineering, human factors and design, operations and management, and mathematics), private sector companies with applicable expertise, non-profits and non-governmental organizations are strongly encouraged to apply.

Read the request for proposals, including more background on the Make Voting Work initiative.



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