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 III. Research and Report Summaries
electionline provides brief summaries of recent research and reports in the field of election administration. The summaries are courtesy of the research staff of The Pew Charitable Trusts Elections Initiatives. Please email links to research to Sean Greene at Pew.

2014 Election Administration and Voting Survey, The U.S. Election Assistance Commission, June 30, 2015: For the first time, the EAC is presenting the information in one all-inclusive report that includes data on the ability of civilian, military and overseas citizens to register to vote and successfully cast a ballot. The 2014 survey is the sixth conducted by the EAC and covers the 2-year period from the November 2012 elections through the November 2014 elections. It is based on the results of a survey of all the states, the District of Columbia and four territories.

The report offers a number of observations and recommendations, cased on the data and experience of the states, regarding ways to enhance the efficiency with which elections are administered and to improve how data regarding those elections are reported to the EAC.

Broad Highlights

  • According to the data submitted, 81,133,122 individuals participated in the 2014 election;
  • Of the more than 81 million people who turned out to vote in 2014, more than 60 percent voted at the polls, 17.5 percent voted a domestic absentee ballot, and 10.7 percent voted early;
  • States reported counting 98.2 percent of the domestic absentee ballots submitted. The most common reason for absentee ballot rejection was a missed deadline for returning the ballot, followed by invalid signatures;
  • A total of 892,202 provisional ballots were submitted. 80.3 percent of those ballots were counted in whole or in part. Of the 171,443 that were not counted, the most common reason was because the voter was not properly registered; and
  • In 2014 states operated 178,636 precincts and more than 114, physical polling places. States employed almost 731,000 poll workers on Election Day. The larges number of poll workers ranged from 41 to 70 years of age.