1. How to Retain Election Officials and Secure Future Elections

    The 2020 presidential election was called the most secure in U.S. history, largely due to efforts to protect the nation’s different physical and cyber infrastructure. This was a triumph considering the physical, cyber, and even human assets that make up the election infrastructure have been and continue to be susceptible to threats. In 2020, many […]

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  2. Creative Campus Voting Project A2 City Clerk’s Office @ UMMA

    Our most successful project of 2020 Election season was the design and facilitation of a satellite office on campus for the Ann Arbor City Clerk. Grounded in behavioral science research, the project sought to increase civic engagement on the University of Michigan campus by providing education about and access to voting. We designed the City […]

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  3. 2018 Election Data Demonstrates Benefits of 2009 Congressional Reforms

    The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) is pleased to announce the publication of research into how timing of ballot requests and modes of transmission influence ballot return for military and overseas voters. The amendments to the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) passed in 2009, allow military and overseas voters to choose an […]

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  4. Voluntary Voting System Guidelines (VVSG): An Overview

    States and localities make most decisions about the voting systems used in U.S. elections, from what equipment to acquire to how to pay for it. Since 1990, however, the federal government has issued voluntary guidance states and localities may use to inform their choices. This Insight examines the current iteration of that guidance, the Voluntary […]

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  5. United States of America, General Elections, 3 November 2020: Final Report

    The Statement of Preliminary Findings and Conclusions issued by the IEOM on 4 November concluded that the elections “were competitive and well managed despite legal uncertainties and logistical challenges. In a highly polarized political environment, acrimonious campaign rhetoric fuelled tensions. Measures intended to secure the elections during the pandemic triggered protracted litigation driven by partisan […]

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  6. Motor Vehicle Departments: Bedrock of American Democracy

    Department of Motor Vehicles (DMVs) play a crucial role in our elections. This report seeks to raise the level of recognition of the agency’s role – among policymakers, state agency officials, advocates, and the public – to improve their partnerships and the functioning of our democracy.

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  7. It’s Election Day, do you know where your ballot is?

    A mail ballot goes through a lot by the time an election is certified. Many hands touch the ballot, taking it from an election office, through the postal service, to a voter’s home, and then back again. A quick and easy way to keep track of a ballot as it travels and make sure it […]

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  8. Native American Voting Practices in New Mexico: How Do We Promote an Inclusive Democracy in the COVID-19 Era?

    The spread of COVID-19 has fundamentally changed the accessibility and safety of voting for tribal communities in New Mexico. This study aims to identify barriers confronting Native American voters during the pandemic, determine what information/support would encourage Native American voter participation and recommend strategies to ensure voting systems are accessible in future elections.Drawing on research […]

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  9. College Student Voting and Registration in the Time of COVID-19

    We investigate options for college students to register and vote in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Thedisruptions from COVID-19 have hit individuals across all walks of life. But with regard to electionsthe pandemic might have an especially large effect on college students who are not able to return to campusbecause their school has shifted exclusively […]

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