Election Tech Tuesday: New IT Delivery Systems Provide an Example for Elections

Election Tech Tuesday: New IT Delivery Systems Provide an Example for Elections

Return to Election Data Dispatches 

Election Tech Tuesday

This Election Data Dispatch series explores emerging issues in elections technology and their relationship to the future of voting and civic engagement in America. 

New IT Delivery Systems Provide an Example for Elections

Election jurisdictions struggle to collect and disseminate data for evaluating administrative performance and educating the public on essential information. But election administrators seeking to improve their data systems can learn from technology innovations in other government agencies.

For example, the federal government’s General Services Administration in March 2014 launched an in-house digital delivery unit called 18F with a staff of designers and developers recruited from federal agencies and the private sector. The project’s mission is to deliver simple digital services and tools to other agencies and the public at reduced costs. Its work is open source, transparent, and user-focused.

About 75 percent of respondents in a Local Government Procurement Survey reported that improving procurement of information technology was a medium or high priority. Some municipalities such as Kansas City, Missouri, have already recognized this need and formalized alternative avenues to work with startups to develop and test projects.

Election administrators should look to services such as the 18F and Kansas City’s efforts and modify their own processes to improve data accuracy and collection, competition, and innovation. Organizations such as Democracy Works Inc., are working to standardize data for the Voting Information Project to support efficient delivery of voting information to the public, but more can be done at the state and local levels.

Follow us on Twitter using #electiondata and get the latest data dispatches, research, and news by subscribing today. 

Spotlight on Mental Health

Composite image of modern city network communication concept

Learn the Basics of Broadband from Our Limited Series

Sign up for our four-week email course on Broadband Basics

Quick View

How does broadband internet reach our homes, phones, and tablets? What kind of infrastructure connects us all together? What are the major barriers to broadband access for American communities?

Pills illustration
Pills illustration

What Is Antibiotic Resistance—and How Can We Fight It?

Sign up for our four-week email series The Race Against Resistance.

Quick View

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria, also known as “superbugs,” are a major threat to modern medicine. But how does resistance work, and what can we do to slow the spread? Read personal stories, expert accounts, and more for the answers to those questions in our four-week email series: Slowing Superbugs.

Explore Pew’s new and improved
Fiscal 50 interactive

Your state's stats are more accessible than ever with our new and improved Fiscal 50 interactive:

  • Maps, trends, and customizable charts
  • 50-state rankings
  • Analysis of what it all means
  • Shareable graphics and downloadable data
  • Proven fiscal policy strategies


Welcome to the new Fiscal 50

Key changes include:

  • State pages that help you keep track of trends in your home state and provide national and regional context.
  • Interactive indicator pages with highly customizable and shareable data visualizations.
  • A Budget Threads feature that offers Pew’s read on the latest state fiscal news.

Learn more about the new and improved Fiscal 50.