Indiana Now a Partner in the Voting Information Project

On May 5, 2015, Governor Mike Pence signed a bill into law solidifying Indiana’s participation in the Voting Information Project (VIP) and making it the first state to affirm its commitment through legislation. VIP, a project of The Pew Charitable Trusts, partners with state election officials and Google, to ensure that voters have the official information they need to cast their ballots. Indiana joins a growing majority of states that provide official election information to VIP, ensuring that Hoosiers can easily find out where to vote and what is on the ballot.

Brad King, co-director of the Indiana Election Division, said, “I am very pleased to see this enacted into law. Our office is committed to providing election information to the public through tools and apps on our official website, but that’s not always enough. We are participating in the Voting Information Project because we want to make sure that when voters in Indiana look for this information through news websites or search engines, they are still receiving accurate, official information.”

VIP is working closely with state election officials to provide easy access to essential information for all Indiana elections through VIP’s free, customizable tools and apps and the Google Civic Information API. Learn more about how VIP works from our recently released infographic or by reaching out to the VIP team at [email protected].

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The Voting Information Project (VIP) works with states to ensure that Americans can easily find official voting information where they look for it most: online. VIP, a partnership of The Pew Charitable Trusts, Google, and states, aims to ensure that voters have the answers they need to basic questions such as, "Where is my polling place?" "What's on my ballot?" and "How do I navigate the voting process?" VIP uses an open format to make election data available and accessible, using cutting-edge technology to make sure that all eligible voters have the information they need to cast their ballots. This highly technical initiative involves the standardization, validation, and publication of state election data. Validation of state data, in particular, is an extremely complex process, and before VIP, no technical solution existed to rigorously test for every potential error from structural to geographical accuracy. To address this issue, VIP developed a first-of-its-kind set of criteria and the software solution to support it.

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