The Elections Performance Index was transferred to the MIT Election Data & Science Lab on Aug. 9, 2018. Please visit http://elections.mit.edu for information on the 2016 election and future updates.
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 votes. It scored election administration in the 50 states and the District of Columbia on 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 also to have been among the highest performers in 2008 and 2010.
The index’s state rankings helped clarify what it takes to excel and revealed steps that other states could follow to improve their elections in the coming years. The findings also reflected recommendations of the bipartisan Presidential Commission on Election Administration in 2014.