Election Day Command Centers: A National Snapshot

By Tammy Patrick, The Democracy Fund

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Things can go wrong on Election Day: voting machines malfunction, polling places lose power or flood, voting equipment is inadequate to handle the volume of voters, or a state’s voter registration database becomes inaccessible, rendering it difficult to check-in voters, among many other potential issues. No matter the cause, each potential issue risks tilting a polling place or an entire jurisdiction into crisis that results in longer lines to vote. In order to effectively address problems on Election Day, administrators must be able to receive communications from the field about issues affecting voting, assign remedies, and track their resolution.

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