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There are countless of elections administrators in thousands of jurisdictions nationwide— and we know how hard it can be to find just the right tools to know to make elections run smoothly. This searchable, sortable list will help you navigate everything available to help you learn and take action. This list is hand collected and ever-changing — so submit any you see missing and check back often for new resources. 

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  • 2001 Annual Report
    Topic: Election Reform Analysis
    Author: electionline

    To determine the current state of election reform, the Election Reform Information Project surveyed election reform activity across the country since November 2000. The Election Reform Information Project looked at developments in Congress and the federal government, in the states, in the courts and in the dozens of public- and private-sector task forces and study groups formed to study the issue.

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  • 2002 Annual Report
    Topic: Election Reform Analysis
    Author: electionline

    electionline.org is pleased to bring you this report, the second look at the state of play of election reform in Washington, state capitals, county seats and city halls across America.

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  • 2004 Annual Report
    Topic: Election Reform Analysis
    Author: electionline

    electionline.org’s third annual report seeks to give readers a national overview of the scope and progress of changes to elections around the country. With a presidential election looming in the fall, 2004 provides the best opportunity since the Supreme Court stopped the protracted Florida recount more than three years ago to look at how elections have changed, how they haven’t and why – and what that could mean this year.

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  • 2004 Election Preview
    Topic: Election Reform Analysis
    Author: electionline

    The goal is to set the “state of play” immediately before Election Day. By now machines have been purchased, laws and regulations set and registration closed in many states. In many parts of the country and abroad voting has already begun.This report is intended to serve as both retrospective and reference on “Election Reform 2004: What’s Changed, What Hasn’t and Why” two weeks before Americans go to the polls on November 2.

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  • 2006 Annual Report
    Topic: Election Reform Analysis
    Author: electionline

    This was supposed to be the year–and the election–when the voting process nationwide was more secure, more technologically advanced and more trusted by the citizens and candidates participating.

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  • 2008 Election Preview
    Topic: Election Reform Analysis
    Author: electionline

    Eight years after the 2000 election exposed some limitations of the American voting process – and six years after passage of a federal law intended to address those limitations – voters return to the polls to choose a president and thousands of other elected officials across the country. When they do, they will encounter an election system that, while significantly changed since 2000, is in many respects no less settled after nearly eight years of debate and change.

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  • 2016 Election Administration Voting Survey
    Topic: Past Elections
    Author: U.S. Election Assistance Commission

    The biennial Election Administration and Voting Survey (EAVS) to collect state-by-state data on the administration of federal elections.

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  • 2016 Overseas Citizen Population Analysis Report
    Topic: Military and Overseas Voting
    Author: Federal Voting Assistance Program

    In its most recent biennial Overseas Citizen Population Analysis (OCPA), FVAP estimates there were three million U.S. citizens of voting age living abroad in 2016.

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  • 2018 Voter Registration Database Study
    Topic: Voter Registration Database
    Author: Center for Election Innovation & Research

    The CEIR has released a new report based on a survey of 26 states conducted between June and July of 2018 to assess the current state of security around voter registration databases (VRDBs).

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  • 6 Million Lost Voters: State Level Estimates of Felon Disenfranchisement (2016)
    Topic: Ex-felon Voting Rights
    Author: The Sentencing Project

    An update of previous research on those who are prohibited from voting due to a current or previous felony conviction.

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  • A Handbook for Elections Infrastructure Security
    Topic: Cybersecurity
    Author: CIS
  • ADA Checklist for Polling Places
    Topic: Accessibility and Accommodation, Polling Places
    Author: U.S. Department of Justice

    All polling places should be surveyed to ensure compliance with the ADA. The official DOJ checklist provides you with the architectural features and provisions to assess.

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  • America Goes to the Polls 2016
    Topic: Past Elections, Turnout
    Author: Nonprofit VOTE

    This report examines voter turnout in the 2016 presidential elections. The report also looks at the impact of same day registration on turnout, youth turnout, reasons for non-voting, and the how competitive races were for the U.S. House.

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  • America's Election Model: The Architecture of Elections
    Topic: Election Reform Analysis
    Author: National Institute of Standards and Technology

    The United States has a highly decentralized election system so the process of preparing for an election varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, but there are commonalities. There are common process steps that every election official in the country takes.

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  • An Analysis of Factors that Result in Vote Denial for American Indian Voters Living on Reservations in Montana
    Topic: Voting Rights
    Author: Turn Network

    This paper analyzes the details of the legal challenge Wandering Medicine v McCulloch which was brought under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. It describes why satellite election offices need to be established in Reservations in Montana and the challenges faced by American Indians living on Reservations with election offices – where people can register to vote and cast in-person absentee ballots – that are currently great distances away.

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  • An Assessment of Minority Voting Rights Access in the United States
    Topic: Voting Rights
    Author: U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

    This report assesses minority voter access and evaluates the Department of Justice’s enforcement of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) since 2006, focusing on the time after the Supreme Court’s Shelby County v. Holder decision which held that provisions of the VRA unconstitutionally determined which jurisdictions needed federal government preclearance to change voting procedures.

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  • Asian Americans Advancing Justice
    Topic: Voting Rights
    Author:

    Advancing Justice | AAJC is the voice for the Asian American community – the fastest-growing population in the U.S. – fighting for our civil rights through education, litigation, and public policy advocacy. We serve to empower our communities by bringing local and national constituencies together and ensuring Asian Americans are able to participate fully in our democracy.

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  • Assisting Voters with Disabilities
    Topic: Accessibility and Accommodation
    Author: Disability Rights Washington

    This publication will explain the role of the assistant in helping an individual with a disability before, during, and after the voting process.

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  • Assorted Rolls: Statewide Voter Registration Databases Under HAVA (June 2005)
    Topic: Voter Registration Database
    Author: electionline

    Bloated rolls, lost records, duplicates, registered dead people, eligible house pets and citizens rendered ineligible by faulty list purges. All have plagued voter registration rolls around the country in recent years. By January 1, 2006, the Help America Vote Act (HAVA), will require that each state have a centrally-controlled voter list that would eliminate the litany of registration related problems that prevented many from voting in years past – and perhaps allowed others to vote when they should not have.

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  • Audits and Recounts
    Topic: Audits, Election Security
    Author: U.S. Election Assistance Commission

    While Election Day marks the end of voters casting ballots, state and local election officials still have a long to-do list to go through after the election. These include the many states that conduct post-election audits of voting systems as well as recounts that may occur in close races.

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  • Automatic Voter Registration in Oregon
    Topic: Automatic Voter Registration
    Author: Demos

    Recent research about automatic voter registration (AVR) in Oregon, in place since January 2016, found 44 percent of those who were automatically registered voted in the November 2016 election.

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  • Ballot Measure Readability Scores (2017)
    Topic: Election Materials Design, Language Accessibility
    Author: Ballotpedia

    In examining 27 ballot questions in 2017, the average ballot question required a graduate school-level of education to read and comprehend.

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  • Ballotpedia
    Topic: News and Blogs
    Author:

    Ballotpedia is the digital encyclopedia of American politics and elections. Our goal is to inform people about politics by providing accurate and objective information about politics at all levels of government. We are firmly committed to neutrality in our content

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  • Belfer Election Cyber Incident Communication Strategy
    Topic: Cybersecurity, Election Security
    Author: Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

    Defending Digital Democracy Project aims to develop strategies, tools, and technology to protect democratic processes and systems from cyber and information attacks.

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  • Bipartisan Policy Center
    Topic: Non-Governmental Organizations
    Author:

    While finding solutions is never easy, the Bipartisan Policy Center believes the American answer will always rest in harnessing the best ideas from both parties, seizing pragmatic consensus, and holding steadfast to our commitment to sustaining the institutions and traditions that enable cohesion, freedom, and opportunity in a diverse nation.

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  • Brennan Center
    Topic: Voting Rights
    Author:

    The Brennan Center is at the center of the fight to preserve and expand the right to vote for every eligible citizen. Through innovative policy solutions, litigation, advocacy, and communications, the Brennan Center works to ensure that voting is free, fair, secure, and accessible for all Americans.

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  • California Voter Foundation
    Topic: General
    Author:

    The California Voter Foundation is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization working through research, oversight, outreach and demonstration projects to improve the election process so that it better serves the needs and interests of voters.

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  • Case Study: Auditing the Vote (March 2007)
    Topic: Audits
    Author: electionline

    This, the 17th electionline Briefing, explores the issue of post-election audits in a number of states. Like so many other issues in election administration, the study finds that rules governing the practice vary greatly across borders as does the size of the sample, public access and scrutiny and response to disparities between vote counts and audit findings. While one state might require that 5 percent of all precincts audit ballots by hand, another might require a review of election-related procedures, including polling-place activities logged on machines, “zero tapes” from the start of the day and final tallies to make sure the counters tabulated results correctly.

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  • Case Study: Election Partnerships (June 2007)
    Topic: Partnerships
    Author: electionline

    electionline.org examined partnerships between states and universities. Specifically, the 18th electionline Briefing details the nuts and bolts, implications and criticism of existing partnerships. The prospects for future partnerships between state and local election offices, universities and, citizens’ groups are also explored.

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  • CCD Designing Election Systems for Language Access
    Topic: Accessibility and Accommodation, Language Accessibility
    Author: Center for Civic Design (CCD)

    This report reviews the evolution of language assistance requirements under the VRA. Starting from existing procedures in place to implement language assistance, we explore successes and gaps as reported in the literature and interviews with key stakeholders.

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  • CCD Election Jurisdiction Showcase
    Topic: Election Materials Design
    Author: Center for Civic Design (CCD)

    Celebrating awesome civic design with before-and-after examples and the story of the project.

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  • CCD Election Websites
    Topic: Election Materials Design, Website Development
    Author: Center for Civic Design (CCD)

    What are best practices in election websites and other voter education?

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  • CCD Field Guides
    Topic: Election Materials Design
    Author: Center for Civic Design (CCD)

    Design guidelines that election officials can really use, base on solid research and best practices.

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  • CCD Language Access
    Topic: Language Accessibility
    Author: Center for Civic Design (CCD)

    Meeting voters’ language accessibility needs.

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  • CCD Language Access Through Design
    Topic: Accessibility and Accommodation, Language Accessibility
    Author: Center for Civic Design (CCD)

    Analysis on the current state of language services options, with insight from work at the federal level.

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  • CCD Polling Place Materials
    Topic: Poll Workers, Polling Places, Vote Centers
    Author: Center for Civic Design (CCD)

    Designing job aids and other materials that help poll workers run a good election.

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  • CCD Remote Ballot Marking Systems
    Topic: Election Materials Design, Remote Ballot Marking Systems
    Author: Center for Civic Design (CCD)

    How do we make remote ballot markign systems both secure and accessibile?

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  • CCD Usability & Acessiblity
    Topic: Accessibility and Accommodation, Election Materials Design
    Author: Center for Civic Design (CCD)

    What is needed to ensure the usability and accessibility of next generation elections?

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  • CCD Usability of Electronic Pollbooks
    Topic: Electronic Pollbooks
    Author: Center for Civic Design (CCD)

    An analysis of what makes an electronic poll book usable to poll workers, election staff and voters.

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  • CCD Voter Registration Materials
    Topic: Election Materials Design, Voter Registration
    Author: Center for Civic Design (CCD)

    Best practices for expanding voter registration and supporting accurate voting rolls.

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  • CDT Password Guide
    Topic: Cybersecurity, Election Security
    Author: Center for Democracy and Technology

    How to create strong passwords.

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  • Center for Civic Design
    Topic: Election Materials Design
    Author:

    We bring civic design skills in research, usability, design, accessibility, and plain language to improve the voting experience, make elections easier to administer, and encourage participation in elections. Through our work, we have helped hundreds of election officials build their skills and capacity, and touched millions of voters in small but important ways.

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  • Center for Democracy and Technology
    Topic: Technology
    Author:

    Our work is aimed at addressing key election cybersecurity issues, such as election official training, technical volunteer capacity building, social media disinformation campaigns, and robust post-election auditing.

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  • Center for Election Innovation and Research (CEIR)
    Topic: General
    Author:

    CEIR is an innovative nonprofit with a proven track record of working with election officials from around the country and from both sides of the aisle. We seek to build voter trust and confidence, increase voter participation, and improve the efficiency of election administration.

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  • Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE)
    Topic: Academia
    Author:

    CIRCLE, the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning & Engagement, focuses on young people in the United States, especially those who are marginalized or disadvantaged in political life. CIRCLE’s scholarly research informs policy and practice for healthier youth development and a better democracy.

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  • Center for Internet Security (CIS)
    Topic: Cybersecurity
    Author:

    CIS® (Center for Internet Security, Inc.) is a non-profit entity that uses the global IT community to safeguard private and public organizations against cyber threats. CIS is home to both the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center® (MS-ISAC®), which partners with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to provide resources for cyber threat prevention, protection, response, and recovery for U.S. State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial government entities, and the Elections Infrastructure Information Sharing and Analysis Center™(EI-ISAC™), which supports the cybersecurity needs of U.S. State, Local and Territorial elections offices. To learn more, visit CISecurity.org Twitter: @CISecurity.

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  • Center for Technology and Civic Life (CTCL)
    Topic: Technology
    Author:

    CTCL is a civic tech nonprofit based in Chicago, IL. Their mission is to increase everyone’s access to official voting information and improve the tech resources available to election officials.

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  • Certificate in Public Leadership
    Topic: Continuing Education, Professional Certification
    Author: International Assocition of Government Officials; George Washington University

    The Certificate in Public Leadership (CPL) is specifically designed for all public officials, elected or appointed, and their staff. The courses are developed and conducted by faculty members of the George Washington University, Center for Excellence in Public Leadership.

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  • Certified Election Registration Administrator Program
    Topic: Continuing Education, Professional Certification
    Author: The Election Center; Auburn University

    The Professional Education Program is the only program of continuing professional education which specializes in voter registration and elections administration. Participants receive continuing education units (CEUs) from Auburn University and Election Center credit towards the achievement of the profession’s highest designation.

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  • CIS Cybersecurity Tool
    Topic: Cybersecurity, Election Security
    Author: CIS

    CIS offers a variety of tools, memberships, and services to help organizations around the world start secure and stay secure. Use the guide below to explore our offerings and find the best options for your cybersecurity needs.

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  • Colorado Voting Reforms: Early Results
    Topic: State Election Reports
    Author: The Pew Charitable Trusts

    Pew funded research into the changes since the implementation of the Voter Access and Modernized Elections Act of 2013.

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  • Common Cause
    Topic: Voting Rights
    Author:

    Our Constitution demands that every citizen have an equal voice and vote in determining the future for our families, communities, and country. We’re working to ensure that every eligible citizen has the freedom to vote and that their votes are accurately counted.

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  • Community Leader's Guide to Providing Language Access in Elections
    Topic: Language Accessibility
    Author: NALEO/AAJC

    Whether in jurisdictions covered by the VRA for language assistance or in a jurisdiction that has a language community with a need for assistance, this report details how community leaders can engage with their local jurisdiction or their state legislature to help ensure community members get the language assistance they need to meaningfully participate in our elections.

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  • Contemporary Voting Rights Controversies Through The Lens of Disabilities
    Topic: Accessibility and Accommodation, Voting Rights
    Author: Stanford Law School

    This article examines the continuing problems people with disabilities face in the voting process and notes that in working to solve problems faced by these voters, this will help improve the process for all voters.

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  • CTCL Icons and Images
    Topic: Election Materials Design
    Author: Center for Technology in Civic Life

    Repository of election-related icons and images for use in voting instructions, education, and material creation.

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  • CTCL Resource Allocation Tool
    Topic: Polling Places, Resource Allocation
    Author: Center for Technology in Civic Life

    Estimating lines IS a science! There are tools to help.

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  • CTCL Toolkit
    Topic: Technology
    Author: Center for Technology in Civic Life

    A civic engagement toolkit for elections officials.

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  • CTCL Training Program
    Topic: Election Administration, Election Security, Website Development
    Author: Center for Technology in Civic Life

    Election officials like you play a vital role in making democracy work, and like all professionals, you need professional development to grow and learn. Our courses help you advance while learning practical skills to provide greater service to your communities.

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  • CTCL Voter Wait Time Measurement Tool
    Topic: Polling Places, Resource Allocation
    Author: Center for Technology in Civic Life

    Estimating lines IS a science! There are tools to help.

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  • CTCL Voting Time Estimator Tool
    Topic: Polling Places, Resource Allocation
    Author: Center for Technology in Civic Life

    Knowing how long it may take voters to complete the ballot is a critical data point in line managment, this tool will help you with that calculation.

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  • CTCL Webinars
    Topic: Election Administration, Election Security, Website Development
    Author: Center for Technology in Civic Life

    Step-by-step guides on simple technology to better serve voters, candidates, and poll workers.

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  • Cybersecurity Resource Guide
    Topic: Cybersecurity, Election Security
    Author: Council of State Governments

    A flurry of research and guides have been published to assist state and local government officials as they strive to fully protect their election systems. This guide provides a list of some of those resources, including a brief summary of each and links to reports or organizational websites that contain helpful information.

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  • Defending Digital Democracy
    Topic: Cybersecurity, Election Administration, Election Security
    Author: Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

    Defending Digital Democracy Project aims to develop strategies, tools, and technology to protect democratic processes and systems from cyber and information attacks.

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  • Democracy Rebooted: The Future of Technology in Elections
    Topic: Technology
    Author: The Atlantic Council

    This report looks to start answering questions about voting technology, including how governments around the world can use technological innovation to better serve more and more tech-savvy voters and how to do so in a way that is transparent, efficient, and trusted by the public.

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  • Democracy Works
    Topic: General
    Author:

    Democracy Works is a nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the idea that voting should fit the way we live. They’re a team of software developers, public policy wonks, and civic organizers building the tools needed to upgrade the infrastructure of our democracy and improve the voting experience for voters and election officials alike.

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  • DHS Election Infrastructure Security Resource Guide
    Topic: Cybersecurity, Election Security
    Author: U.S. Department of Homeland Security

    A one-stop guide to many of the resources available to state and local elections officials to protect their election infratstructure.

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  • DHS Election Security
    Topic: Cybersecurity, Election Security
    Author: U.S. Department of Homeland Security

    An overview of the role the Department of Homeland Security plays in securing elections at the state and local level.

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  • EAC Elections as Critical Infrastructure
    Topic: Cybersecurity, Election Security
    Author: U.S. Election Assistance Commission

    The EAC is committed to helping state and local election officials get answers to their questions, as well as helping DHS think through the best way to implement this designation in order to protect the accessibility, accuracy and security of elections. This webpage is the online hub for this EAC effort.

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  • EAC Toolkit
    Topic: Election Materials Design, Poll Workers, Polling Places, Resource Allocation, Workforce
    Author: U.S. Election Assistance Commission

    An EAC portal to toolkits on just about every topic from voter registration to military and overseas voters to polling place calculators.

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  • EAC Voter Information Materials
    Topic: Election Materials Design
    Author: U.S. Election Assistance Commission

    This section has three parts: (1) planning process information; (2) illustrations of one-language voter information design best practices; and (3) illustrations of two-language voter information design best practices

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  • Early Voting Information Center
    Topic: General
    Author:

    EVIC is a nonpartisan, academic research center based at Reed College. Professor Paul Gronke and his team conduct research on early voting and election reform, predominantly in the United States.

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  • EAVS 2016 DataViz-Final Version
    Topic: Past Elections
    Author: U.S. Election Assistance Commission

    The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) released the EAVS Data Interactive, a new data visualization tool that allows users to pull data most relevant to them from the 2016 Election Administration and Voting Survey (EAVS), the most comprehensive nationwide data on election administration in the United States.

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  • EAVS Deep Dive: Poll Workers and Polling Places
    Topic: Poll Workers, Polling Places
    Author: U.S. Election Assistance Commission

    Using data from the 2016 Election Administration and Voting Survey, the EAC examined polling places and poll workers.

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  • EI-ISAC Registration
    Topic: Cybersecurity
    Author: CIS

    Membership in the Elections Infrastructure ISAC is open to all state, local, tribal, and territorial government organizations that support the elections officials of the United States of America, and associations thereof. This is always a free and voluntary membership for these eligible organizations.

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  • Election Academy (Humphrey School of Public Affairs, UMN)
    Topic: Academia
    Author:

    The Election Academy program promotes modernization and professionalization of the American election administration through education, research, and outreach.

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  • Election Coverage Training
    Topic: Media
    Author: Poyter News University

    Get an inside look at the complex and often confusing landscape of election administration. Find out which specific areas to study when covering state or local elections.

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  • Election Integrity: A Pro-Voter Agenda
    Topic: Voting Rights
    Author: The Brennan Center

    This report focuses on ways to improve the integrity of elections.

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  • Election Law Blog
    Topic: Laws
    Author:

    The law and the politics of law: election law, campaign finance, legislation, voting rights, initiatives, redistriscting, remedies, and the Supreme Court. Rick Hasen’s Blog.

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  • Election Law Program, William & Mary School of Law
    Topic: Laws
    Author:

    The Election Law Program seeks to provide practical assistance to judges called upon to resolve difficult election law disputes.

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  • Election Mail
    Topic: Absentee Voting, Vote-by-mail
    Author: United States Postal Service

    The official United States Postal Service page for election mail–all of your needed resources in one place!

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  • Election Mail Military and Overseas Voters
    Topic: Absentee Voting, Military and Overseas Voting, Vote-by-mail
    Author: United States Postal Service

    The official United States Postal Service page for mailing to UOCAVA voters.

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  • Election Management Guidelines
    Topic: Poll Workers, Polling Places, Resource Allocation, Workforce
    Author: U.S. Election Assistance Commission

    The Election Management Guidelines and Quick Starts Guides were created to assist state and local election officials in effectively managing and administering elections. These guidelines complement the technical standards for the Voluntary Voting System Guidelines for voting equipment.

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  • Election Officials' Guide to Providing Language Access in Elections
    Topic: Language Accessibility
    Author: NALEO/AAJC

    This report begins by reviewing evidence of the benefits of conducting linguistically accessible elections and exploring the federal standards and requirements for language access. It identifies best practices that can be implemented by elections officials to expand language access in their jurisdictions.

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  • Election Performance Index (2016)
    Topic: Past Elections
    Author: MIT Election Data & Science Lab

    An updated Elections Performance Index from the MIT Election Data & Science Lab evaluates the 2016 election

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  • Election Project
    Topic: General
    Author:

    The United States Elections Project is an information source for the United States electoral system. The mission of the project is to provide timely and accurate election statistics, electoral laws, research reports, and other useful information regarding the United States electoral system.

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  • Election Sciences, Reform, and Administration (ESRA) Conference 2018
    Topic: Audits, Early Voting, Interoperability, Voter Registration
    Author: University of Wisconsin

    The invitation-only conference brings together political scientists, election professionals, and other experts in election administration to develop rigorous empirical approaches to the study of how law and administrative procedures affect the quality of elections in the United States.

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  • Election Security in all 50 State
    Topic: Cybersecurity, Election Security
    Author: Center for American Progress

    This report examines election security and preparedness in each state, looking specifically at state requirements and practices.

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  • Election Updates
    Topic: News and Blogs
    Author:

    New research, analysis and commentary on election reform, voting technology, and election administration.

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  • Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC)
    Topic: General
    Author:

    The Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC) is a non-profit organization with the sole mission of assisting states to improve the accuracy of America’s voter rolls and increase access to voter registration for all eligible citizens.

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  • FairVote
    Topic: General
    Author:

    FairVote is a nonpartisan champion of electoral reforms that give voters greater choice, a stronger voice, and a representative democracy that works for all Americans. Today it prioritizes work on ranked choice voting to address problems with partisan elections, primary elections and local elections, and in tandem with multi-winner legislative districts, a means to essentially eliminate gerrymandering.

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  • Federal Voting Assistance Program
    Topic: Military and Overseas Voting
    Author:

    The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) works to ensure Service members, their eligible family members and overseas citizens are aware of their right to vote and have the tools and resources to successfully do so – from anywhere in the world.

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  • Federal Voting Assistance Program Post-Election Report to Congress (2016)
    Topic: Laws, Military and Overseas Voting
    Author: Federal Voting Assistance Program

    FVAP continues to make progress in reducing obstacles to absentee voting for active duty military and has expanded outreach initiatives for voters covered under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA).

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  • Federal Voting Assistance Report to Congress (2017)
    Topic: Laws, Military and Overseas Voting
    Author: Federal Voting Assistance Program

    The report provides an assessment of FVAP’s activities supporting the special elections for federal office in 2017 — and FVAP’s preparations for the 2018 election cycle.

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  • Fors Marsh Group (FMG)
    Topic: General
    Author:

    Fors Marsh Group (FMG) is a deliberate shift away from the research norm. It is a new way of thinking—customized and focused on providing a more vigorous approach to problem solving. We work with institutions and organizations that want to disrupt markets, understand or influence behavior, drive action on a national or global scale, and create a positive impact on the world.

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  • Future of California Elections (FoCE)
    Topic: General
    Author:

    Future of California Elections (FoCE) is a collaboration between election officials, civil rights organizations and election reform advocates that work together to expand voter participation and modernize elections in California.

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  • FVAP UOCAVA Training
    Topic: Laws, Military and Overseas Voting
    Author: Federal Voting Assistance Program

    The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) provides online training modules that allow for you to complete training at your own pace.

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  • FVAP Voter Assistance Guide
    Topic: Laws, Military and Overseas Voting
    Author: Federal Voting Assistance Program

    The Voting Assistance Guide is a reference guide for everything you need to know about absentee voting in all 55 States, territories and the District of Columbia.

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  • Geo-Enabled Elections: State Representatives Baseline Report
    Topic: Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
    Author: National States Geographic Information Council

    The report reveals how states use map technology to manage elections.

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  • Helping American Vote: Poll Workers (September 2007)
    Topic: Poll Workers
    Author: electionline

    “Election Reform Briefing 20: Poll Workers” examines a number of facets of America’s one-day workforce, including training requirements, compensation, specialization and absenteeism, attitudes and what innovations are underway in states and localities to recruit, train and retain poll workers.

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  • Holding Form: Voter Registration 2006 (July 2006)
    Topic: Voter Registration
    Author: electionline

    This, the 13th electionline.org Briefing, explores the user end of the registration process: how would-be voters obtain forms, complete them, and how much time they have before an election to do so.

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  • House Administration Committee
    Topic: Government Agencies
    Author:

    Historically, the committee has had a hand in shaping legislation that touches on any and all aspects of federal elections. Issues concerning corrupt practices, contested congressional elections, campaign finance disclosures, and credentials and qualifications of House Members also fall under its purview.

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  • The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES)
    Topic: International Election Administration
    Author:

    IFES is the global leader in democracy promotion, advancing good governance and democratic rights by providing technical assistance to election officials; empowering the underrepresented to participate in the political process; and applying field-based research to improve the electoral cycle.

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  • Improving the Voter Experience
    Topic: Polling Places
    Author: The Bipartisan Policy Center

    This report focuses on progress made on studying lines at polling places and tools can be used to measure and mitigate them.

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  • International Association of Government Officials (IGO)
    Topic: National Associations
    Author:

    iGO provides professional training, networking, and leadership development for Election Officials, Clerks, and Recorders. iGO offers members opportunities to exchange ideas, elevate standards through education, encourage legislative awareness, develop efficient ways to serve the public, and promote the ethics of public service internationally.

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  • Investing in California's Democracy: Building a Partnership for Performance
    Topic: State Election Reports
    Author: California Forward

    A new analysis finds that California could be better served if the way election administration is paid for in the state is changed, moving from the current “mandate reimbursement” process to a system where the state contributes for costs associated with the election of state officials and statewide ballot measures.

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  • Issues Related to Registering Voters and Administering Elections
    Topic: Election Administration, Voter Registration
    Author: Government Accountability Office

    This report addresses three areas related to election administration including the benefits and challenges of collecting and sharing voter registration information electronically; the effect of policies such as same day registration and vote by mail on voter turnout; and the costs of elections.

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  • Language Access for Voters Summit 2018
    Topic: Accessibility and Accommodation, Language Accessibility
    Author: U.S. Election Assistance Commission; Democracy Fund Voice

    The event convened state and local election officials, advocates and stakeholders from language communities to discuss critical issues of language accessibility. Speakers shared experiences and observations on efforts to serve voters with language needs.

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  • Latino Voters at Risk: Assessing the Impact of Restrictive Voting Changes in Election 2016
    Topic: Language Accessibility, Voting Rights
    Author: National Association of Latinx Elected Officials

    This new report finds that more than 875,000 Latino voters in 19 states may find it more difficult to cast ballots in 2016 than in 2012.

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  • Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights
    Topic: Voting Rights
    Author:

    Since 1965, the Lawyers’ Committee has been at the forefront of the legal struggle to advance and protect the right to vote and to ensure that the right is afforded equally to all. Through coordinated and integrated programs of litigation, voter protection, advocacy, and education, the Voting Rights Project has had a tremendous positive impact on communities of color, low-income communities, youth, people with disabilities, and other traditionally disenfranchised populations.

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  • League of Women Voters
    Topic: Non-Governmental Organizations
    Author:

    Since 1920 we have been an activist, grassroots organization whose leaders believed that voters should play a critical role in democracy. The League is proud to be nonpartisan, neither supporting nor opposing candidates or political parties at any level of government, but always working on vital issues of concern to members and the public.

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  • Local Leaders' Views on Elections in Michigan
    Topic: State Election Reports
    Author: The Center For Local, State and Urban Policy

    A survey of of local government officials in Michigan about election administration.

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  • Los Angeles County Voting Solutions for All People (VSAP) project
    Topic: Accessibility and Accommodation, Cybersecurity, Technology, Voting Equipment
    Author: Los Angeles County Registrar

    The Voting Solutions for All People (VSAP) was developed by the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk (RR/CC) in 2009 to address an aging voting system and an increasingly large and complex electorate. The project seeks a collaborative approach to voting system design that will put voters at the center and maximize stakeholder participation.

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  • Mexican-American Legal Defense and Edcuational Fund (MALDEF)
    Topic: Voting Rights
    Author:

    MALDEF has a proud history to protect the rights of all voters and making a difference on election day for historically disenfranchised populations. MALDEF advocates at all levels of the government for U.S. citizens to have unimpeded access to the polls, regardless of national origin or language ability.

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  • MEDSL Resource Toolkit
    Topic: Polling Places, Resource Allocation
    Author: MIT Election Data & Science Lab

    Election administrators face many challenges planning for and running elections. This website offers tools based on the expertise of election administrators, business managers, and social science researchers that can help election administrators plan and conduct elections.

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  • MIT Election Data & Science Lab
    Topic: Academia
    Author:

    The MIT Election Data & Science Lab supports advances in election science by collecting, analyzing, and sharing core data and findings. We also aim to build relationships with election officials and others to help apply new scientific research to the practice of democracy in the United States.

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  • Moritz College of Law (The Ohio State University)
    Topic: Laws
    Author:

    Election Law @ Moritz is a nonpartisan research, education, and outreach program of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, and a national resource for lawyers, journalists, policymakers, civic leaders, election administrators and citizens. Through its web site and programs, EL@M provides information and analysis of election laws, election litigation and election news from around the nation, focusing primarily on election administration – laws dealing with voter registration, voter ID, early and absentee voting, provisional balloting, poll workers and polling place procedures, recounts and election contests, and other related issues.

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  • NASS Cybersecurity Infographic
    Topic: Cybersecurity, Election Security
    Author: National Association of Secretaries of State

    Four things to know about election cybersecurity.

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  • National Association of Counties (NACo)
    Topic: National Associations
    Author:

    The National Association of Counties (NACo) unites America’s 3,069 county governments.  Founded in 1935, NACo brings county officials together to advocate with a collective voice on national policy, exchange ideas and build new leadership skills, pursue transformational county solutions, enrich the public’s understanding of county government, and exercise exemplary leadership in public service.

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  • National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS)
    Topic: National Associations
    Author:

    NASS serves as a medium for the exchange of information between states and fosters cooperation in the development of public policy. The association has key initiatives in the areas of elections and voting, cybersecurity, state business services, and state heritage/archives.

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  • National Association of State Election Directors (NASED)
    Topic: National Associations
    Author:

    The National Association of State Election Directors (NASED) promotes accessible, accurate, and transparent elections in the United States and U.S. Territories.  NASED is a nonpartisan professional organization that disseminates election administration best practices and information across the states.

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  • National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)
    Topic: National Associations
    Author:

    NCSL’s elections & redistricting program strengthens state election administration by providing state legislatures with information and research on election and redistricting policies across the country. NCSL operates on a bipartisan basis and does not advocate for policy positions.

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  • Native American Rights Fund
    Topic: Voting Rights
    Author:

    The Native American Rights Fund (NARF) provides legal assistance to Indian tribes, organizations, and individuals who might otherwise go without adequate representation. In 2015, NARF started the Native American Voting Rights Coalition to gather voting rights advocates, lawyers, civil rights experts, and tribal advocates into one room to discuss current problems with voting in Indian Country and begin to develop solutions to these problems.

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  • NCSL All Mail Elections
    Topic: Absentee Voting, Vote-by-mail
    Author: National Conference of State Legislatures

    An overview of what vote-by-mail is, how it works, and what states allow it.

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  • NCSL Election Technology Overview
    Topic: Laws, Technology
    Author: National Conference of State Legislatures

    The next big issue in election administration in the U.S. will revolve around technology: voting equipment, electronic poll books, election management systems, and other hardware and software designed to serve voters and election administrators.

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  • NCSL Funding Election Technology
    Topic: Cybersecurity, Funding, Laws, Technology, Voting Equipment
    Author: National Conference of State Legislatures

    An overview of funding election technology, especially in light of the recent security concerns.

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  • NCSL Legislation Database
    Topic: Laws
    Author: National Conference of State Legislatures

    This database contains state legislation related to the administration of elections introduced in 2011 through this year, 2018.

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  • NCSL Online Voter Registration
    Topic: Laws, Online Voter Registration
    Author: National Conference of State Legislatures

    An overview of online voter registration, what states allow it, where legislation is pending and how it’s been implemented.

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  • NCSL Post-Election Audits
    Topic: Audits, Laws
    Author: National Conference of State Legislatures

    An overview of post-election audits, how they work, what states are doing them, pending legislation and what are the advantages to conducting one.

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  • NCSL Toolkit
    Topic: Cybersecurity, Technology, Voting Equipment
    Author: National Conference of State Legislatures

    Because elections technology is now on the radar for legislators in a way it hasn’t ever been before, NCSL has developed this elections technology toolkit. It is a compilation of “tech notes” describing the technology in use at each step of the election process.

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  • NCSL Vote Centers
    Topic: Laws, Vote Centers
    Author: National Conference of State Legislatures

    An overview of vote centers, how they work, what states are using them, pending legislation and case studies.

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  • National Democratic Institute (NDI)
    Topic: International Election Administration
    Author:

    Now in our 35th year, the National Democratic Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, nongovernmental organization that supports
    democratic institutions and practices in every region of the world. NDI and its local partners help strengthen political and civic organizations, safeguard elections, and promote citizen participation, openness and accountability in government. Our mission is working for democracy and making democracy work.

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  • New Reality of Voting By Mail
    Topic: Absentee Voting, Vote-by-mail
    Author: The Bipartisan Policy Center

    Report of the status of postal delivery and services with corresponding recommendations of what election officials, legislatures, USPS, and voters should know.

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  • Observations on Voting Equipment Use and Replacement
    Topic: Technology
    Author: Government Accountability Office

    This report focuses on voting equipment used during the 2016 general election; what factors jurisdictions consider when replacing voting equipment; and perspectives on federal voting system guidelines.

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  • Operations and Performance of Virginia's Department of Elections
    Topic: State Election Reports
    Author: Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission

    This report to the Governor and General Assembly of Virginia evaluated the operation and performance of the state Department of Elections.

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  • OSCE/ODIHR Final Report United States of America Election
    Topic: Past Elections
    Author: OSCE/ODIHR

    The OSCE/ODIHR assessed the compliance of the election process with OSCE commitments, other international obligations and standards for democratic elections, as well as with domestic legislation.

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  • Overseas Vote Foundation
    Topic: Military and Overseas Voting
    Author:

    U.S. Vote Foundation (US Vote) and its Overseas Vote initiative work toward the realization of a singular mission: “Every Citizen is a Voter”. US Vote uses civic tech to simplify-out the complexity of voting across all states for all voters – domestic, overseas and military. US Vote and Overseas Vote websites serve millions of voters. The foundation is sustained through licensing of its Civic Data API, Hosted Systems Solutions and Overseas Vote Widget.

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  • Overseas Voting: Challenges and Innovation (October 2007)
    Topic: Military and Overseas Voting
    Author: electionline

    In this, the 21st electionline.org Briefing , the process of overseas and military voting is examined, from the federal laws that govern the process to the innovations underway to streamline it to the difficulties anticipated in the 2008 primary season.

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  • Overseas Voting: Improving Military and Overseas Election Data Collection
    Topic: Military and Overseas Voting
    Author: Council of State Governments

    The Council of State Governments’ Overseas Voting Initiative recently published recommendations, as well as a corresponding final report, to improve Section B of the Election Administration and Voting Survey, or EAVS, which tracks military and overseas voter behavior.

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  • Overseas Voting Initiative
    Topic: Absentee Voting, Military and Overseas Voting, Vote-by-mail
    Author: Council of State Governments

    In September 2013, CSG launched a four-year, $3.2 million initiative with the U.S. Department of Defense Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) to improve the return rate of overseas absentee ballots from service members and U.S. citizens abroad.

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  • Overseas Voting Initiative Recommendations
    Topic: Absentee Voting, Military and Overseas Voting, Online Voter Registration
    Author: Council of State Governments

    The CSG Overseas Voting Initiative is charged with developing targeted and actionable improvements to the voting process for the 1.3 million members of the uniformed services and Merchant Marines stationed away from home, their approximately 700,000 eligible family members, and the 4.3 million U.S. citizens living, studying and working overseas.

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  • Policymakers' Guide to Providing Language Access in Elections
    Topic: Language Accessibility
    Author: NALEO/AAJC

    This report describes currently-applicable federal and state language assistance requirements, and concludes by suggesting legislative and administrative initiatives that policymakers can advance in order to secure the deeper engagement in civic affairs of Americans who are not yet fully fluent in English.

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  • Primary Education: Election Reform and the 2004 Presidential Race
    Topic: Election Reform
    Author: electionline

    In this report, electionline.org and The Century Foundation examined national election reform issues around the country that will have an impact on the 2004 primary election season. It also specifically examines changes to voting procedures – and potential voting problems – in the 22 early primary states that will be the key battlegrounds as the Democratic contenders seek to secure their party’s presidential nomination.

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  • Progress Report on the Presidential Commission on Election Administration
    Topic: Election Administration
    Author: The Democracy Fund

    This report follows up on recommendations made in 2014 by the Presidential Commission on Election Administration and highlights issues related to voter registration (including online voter registration), access to voting, polling place management, and voting technology.

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  • Quick Start Guides
    Topic: Election Materials Design, Poll Workers, Polling Places, Resource Allocation, Voter Registration, Workforce
    Author: U.S. Election Assistance Commission

    The Quick Start Guides are created to assist state and local election officials in effectively managing and administering elections. Each Quick Start Guide offers concise and easy-to-read tips on a wide range of timely topics impacting the field of elections.

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  • Ranked Choice Voting Resource Center
    Topic: Ranked Choice Voting
    Author:

    The Ranked Choice Voting Resource Center is a non-advocacy, education focused group which provides a compilation of best practices and firsthand experiences from jurisdictions that have used ranked choice voting. The comprehensive website and other tools serve as resources for election administrators, policy makers, voters, candidates, and others to allow jurisdictions to implement ranked choice voting effectively and efficiently.

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  • Ready for 2002, Forgetting 2000 (January 2002)
    Topic: Election Reform Analysis
    Author: electionline

    Despite arguments in the halls of Congress that the nation’s election system is teetering on the verge of collapse, state and local election officials say they are more than ready for the 2002 elections, without new federal standards or money, without increased budgets and without new technology.

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  • Ready for Reform? (March 2003)
    Topic: Election Reform
    Author: electionline

    What changes need to be made and what upgrades states opt to make will determine how much voting will be reformed around the country. This Election Reform Briefing explores where states stood as of February 2003 in their readiness to meet the mandates of HAVA. The Briefing provides an indication – from the top state election officials themselves – of where state governments believe they are now that federal election reform has become a reality.

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  • Recounts: From Punch Cards to Paper Trails (October 2005)
    Topic: Recounts
    Author: electionline

    In this 12th election reform Briefing, electionline.org examines the rules in each state governing recounts, with a particular focus on the impact of voter- verifiable paper audit trails (VVPATs), absentee and provisional ballots. As with most election issues, federalism has produced a variety of rules governing the same process.

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  • Report on Polling Place Accessibility
    Topic: Accessibility and Accommodation, Polling Places
    Author: Government Accountability Office

    GAO examined a nongeneralizable sample of 178 polling places during early in-person voting and on Election Day 2016. At these polling places, GAO examined a number of features outside and inside the voting area. Outside the voting area, GAO was able to examine features at all 178 polling places and found that 60 percent (107) had one or more potential impediments.

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  • Securing the Vote (April 2004)
    Topic: Election Security
    Author: electionline

    In this seventh edition of our Election Reform Briefing series, electionline.org examines voting security, the most controversial aspect of election reform since the passage of the Help America Vote Act.

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  • Securing the Vote: Protecting American Democracy
    Topic: Cybersecurity, Election Security, Technology
    Author: National Academies of Science

    Written by a committee of experts from a variety of fields, this report recommends several actions federal, state, and local officials can take to improve election security.

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  • Solution or Problem: Provisional Ballots in 2004 (April 2005)
    Topic: Provisional Ballots
    Author: electionline

    They weren’t quite the “hanging chad” of 2004, nor quite the safeguard envisioned by voting rights advocates. But regardless of how they were perceived, provisional voting was one of the most controversial aspects of post-Florida election reform around the country.

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  • State and Local Election Official Cybersecurity Playbook
    Topic: Cybersecurity, Election Security
    Author: Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

    A practical guides to the most applicable cybersecurity best practices in elections.

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  • State Certification Testing of Voting Systems Conferences
    Topic: Canvass and Certification, Electronic Pollbooks, Technology, Testing and Certification
    Author: The Bowen Center for Public Affairs

    Since 2011, election administrators, voting system certification specialists, testing laboratory professionals, and members of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission have gathered annually to discuss ways to improve the reliability of voting systems in order to uphold the integrity of the vote for the American electorate.

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  • State Motor Voters Systems Face Technological and Administrative Challenges
    Topic: National Voter Registration Act (Motor Voter), Voter Registration Database
    Author: The Pew Charitable Trusts

    In 2016 Pew commissioned a survey of almost 3,000 citizens in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, and Ohio as they left motor vehicle agencies to ask how and whether their experience complied with the National Voter Registration Act.

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  • Student Voters Guide
    Topic: Absentee Voting, Voter Registration, Voting Rights
    Author: BestColleges.com

    At BestColleges.com, we’re encouraging college students to get out the vote. We’ve created a comprehensive voter’s guide replete with everything you need to know about voting in an election. Our state-by-state directory explores voter eligibility criteria, residency requirements, registration deadlines, and other voting guidelines in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Our key issues guide takes a bipartisan look at the major talking points of this election, and reviews each candidate’s stance. Our voting rights manual outlines the registration process for college students in all circumstances. Finally, our voting resources list includes links to campus organizations, registration portals, and other sites geared toward college voters.

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  • The 2004 Election (December 2004)
    Topic: Past Elections
    Author: electionline

    In this ninth Election Reform Briefing: The 2004 Election, electionline.org seeks to offer an early analysis of what happened – good and bad – on November 2.

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  • The 2006 Election (November 2006)
    Topic: Past Elections
    Author: electionline

    In this, the 15th Electionline Briefing, “Election 2006 In Review,” we take an early look at what went wrong – and right – in the 2006 midterm election, with particular focus on voting machines, new procedures and preparation. The first general election since the final deadlines of the Help America Vote Act, this year’s vote saw polling places greatly changed – from new voting machines in an estimated one-third of all precincts to accessible machines, one per polling place nearly nationwide, to new requirements including mandatory voter ID in a number of states.

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  • The 2016 Primaries in Review
    Topic: Past Elections
    Author: The Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

    Using phone calls received by the Election Protection coalition during the 2016 primary season, challenges faced by voters in 10 states are described.

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  • The Business of Elections (August 2004)
    Topic: Business Processes
    Author: electionline

    An in-depth look at the “business of elections” – the market for election goods and services that is both the cause and effect of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) of 2002.

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  • The Business of Voting: Market Structure and Innovation in Election Technology Industry
    Topic: Business Processes
    Author: Penn Wharton Public Policy Initiative

    This report provides an overview and analysis of the current state of the election technology industry and vendors in the market.

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  • The Carter Center
    Topic: Non-Governmental Organizations
    Author:

    The Carter Center, in partnership with Emory University, is guided by a fundamental commitment to human rights and the alleviation of human suffering. It seeks to prevent and resolve conflicts, enhance freedom and democracy, and improve health.

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  • The Election Center
    Topic: National Associations
    Author:

    The Election Center, also known as the National Association of Election Officials, is the only organization in the United States that focuses exclusively on the elections profession. Its membership includes the largest number of state and local voter registration election administrators in the United States. The organization exists to promote, preserve, and continuously improve the electoral process.

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  • The Green Papers
    Topic: News and Blogs
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  • The Help America Vote Act at 5
    Topic: Accessibility and Accommodation, Laws
    Author: electionline

    Like any child, HAVA has changed as it has grown — changes that those of us who have been following election reform since 2000 may have missed in the daily back and forth of life in the field of elections. Thus, as HAVA reaches its fifth birthday, we here at electionline.org pull out the equivalent of the baby book and look back at HAVA’s first five years to see what these crucial early years of development might mean for elections in HAVA’s next five years and beyond.

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  • The Price of Democracy: Splitting the Bill for Elections
    Topic: Costs
    Author: National Conference of State Legislatures

    This report s the result of two years of studying all things related to elections and costs, addressing questions such as: What are the costs associated with running elections? What state policy choices relate to costs? What funding mechanisms are in use in the states? Can money buy security?

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  • The Provisional Voting Challenge
    Topic: Provisional Ballots
    Author: electionline

    For this briefing, the first of a series examining election reform issues, electionline.org and The Constitution Project surveyed election administrators in all 50 states and the District of Columbia regarding provisional voting. The research revealed no national standard; indeed, no two states implement this safeguard in exactly the same way. The survey discovered a collection of practices as varied as the states themselves.

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  • The Ruderman White Paper: Voter Accessibility for People with Disabilities
    Topic: Accessibility and Accommodation
    Author: The Ruderman Family Foundation

    This report identifies recurring barriers to voting accessibility for people with disabilities.

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  • The Secret Ballot At Risk
    Topic: Ballot Secrecy
    Author: Electronic Privacy Information Center

    Thirty-two states and the District of Columbia allow some form of Internet voting, generally by overseas and military voters. Most states that allow this have these voters sign a waiver of their right to a secret ballot. The authors of the report believe this erodes the right to a secret ballot while noting the Internet can be used for other voting-related activities such as online voter registration, transmitting blank ballots to voters, and allowing voters to track their own ballots.

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  • The Voting Information Project (VIP)
    Topic: General
    Author:

    The Voting Information Project (VIP) is a partnership of Democracy Works and the states to provide official information to voters about where to vote and what’s on their ballots where they look for it most—online. VIP ensures that voters have the official information they need to answer basic questions like: “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 technology to ensure that all eligible Americans have the information they need to cast a ballot.

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  • The Year in Elections (2015)
    Topic: Past Elections
    Author: Election Integrity Project

    This report compares the quality of elections around the world. The evidence gathered by the Electoral Integrity Project (EIP) compares elections and any problems diagnosed across all eleven components of the electoral cycle. The full dataset allows comparison from mid-2012 to end-2015 in 180 nation-wide parliamentary and presidential contests held in 139 sovereign nations (excluding micro-states with populations below 100,000).

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  • The Year in Elections (2017)
    Topic: Past Elections
    Author: Election Integrity Project

    This report updates a survey of 2,961 experts related to perceptions of electoral integrity. It includes 161 countries holding 260 national elections from 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2017.

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  • Translating the Vote: The Impact of Language Minority Provision of the Voting Rights Act (October 2006)
    Topic: Language Accessibility
    Author: electionline

    In this, the 14th Election Reform Briefing, electionline.org explores the impact of the Language Minority Provision, not only on the growing electorate, but also on the administration of elections.

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  • TurboVote
    Topic: Voting Tool
    Author:

    TurboVote is an online service to help every American vote in every election—local, state, and national. TurboVote provides help registering to vote, applying for an absentee ballot, and sends notifications via text or email, so you never miss an election.

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  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security, National Protection and Programs Directorate
    Topic: Government Agencies
    Author:

    NPPD’s vision is a safe, secure, and resilient infrastructure where the American way of life can thrive.  NPPD leads the national effort to protect and enhance the resilience of the nation’s physical and cyber infrastructure.

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  • U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division
    Topic: Government Agencies
    Author:

    The Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, created in 1957 by the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1957, works to uphold the civil and constitutional rights of all Americans, particularly some of the most vulnerable members of our society. The Division enforces federal statutes prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, disability, religion, familial status and national origin.

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  • U.S. Election Assistance Commission
    Topic: Government Agencies
    Author:

    The EAC is an independent, bipartisan commission charged with developing guidance to meet HAVA requirements, adopting voluntary voting system guidelines, and serving as a national clearinghouse of information on election administration. EAC also accredits testing laboratories and certifies voting systems, as well as audits the use of HAVA funds.

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  • U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration
    Topic: Government Agencies
    Author:

    Committee on Rules and Administration, to which committee shall be referred all proposed legislation, messages, petitions, memorials, and other matters relating to federal elections including the election of president, vice president and members of Congress.

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  • U.S. Vote Foundation
    Topic: Non-Governmental Organizations
    Author:

    U.S. Vote Foundation (US Vote) and its Overseas Vote initiative work toward the realization of a singular mission: “Every Citizen is a Voter”. US Vote uses civic tech to simplify-out the complexity of voting across all states for all voters – domestic, overseas and military. US Vote and Overseas Vote websites serve millions of voters. The foundation is sustained through licensing of its Civic Data API, Hosted Systems Solutions and Overseas Vote Widget.

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  • University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Policy
    Topic: Continuing Education, Professional Certification
    Author: University of Minnesota

    America’s election system faces an urgent need for professionals who are well-trained in the latest technology and techniques in the field and well-versed in the legal and policy challenges facing our voting system. The Humphrey School of Public Affairs is responding to this widespread need with a pioneering, online program to prepare professionals in election administration.

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  • USPS Election Mail Issue Reporting System
    Topic: Ballot Tracking, Vote-by-mail
    Author: Democracy Works; Democracy Fund

    Local and state election officials may use this form to report past or current issues with official Election Mail processed by the United States Postal Service. This form is intended as a supplement to official reporting, and should not replace communication with your local post office.

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  • Verified Voting
    Topic: General
    Author:

    VerifiedVoting.org is a non-partisan non-profit organization that advocates for legislation and regulation that promotes accuracy, transparency and verifiability of elections. We believe the integrity and strength of our democracy relies on citizen’s trust that each vote be counted as cast.

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  • Voices of Democracy: The state of language accessibility in California's 2016 elections
    Topic: Language Accessibility, Past Elections, State Election Reports
    Author: Asian-Americans Advancing Justice

    A new report finds that during the November 2016 election California election officials met and exceeded federal requirements in Section 203 of the federal Voting Rights Act related to providing translated ballots and bilingual poll workers to serve minority language communities.

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  • Vote-by-mail envelopes
    Topic: Absentee Voting, Vote-by-mail
    Author: Center for Civic Design (CCD)

    Envelope design can impact delivery of ballots to, and from, voters. Effective design ideas available here.

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  • Voter Guides: Planning for Multiple Languages
    Topic: Election Materials Design, Language Accessibility
    Author: Center for Civic Design (CCD)

    Whether you are creating a new language program, adding an additional language, or simply revisiting your existing materials, this guide can provide insight in serving limited-English proficiency communities.

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  • Voter Identification (April 2002)
    Topic: Voter ID
    Author: electionline
  • Voter Identification Laws and the Suppression of Minority Votes
    Topic: Voter ID
    Author: University of Chicago

    This report examines the impact of voter ID laws on voter turnout.

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  • Voter Trends in 2016: A Final Examination
    Topic: Past Elections
    Author: Center for American Progress

    This report focuses on the 2016 election and its vote composition, turnout, and party support rates by demographic group.

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  • Voters with Disabilities: Observations on Polling Place Accessibility and Related Federal Guidance
    Topic: Accessibility and Accommodation, Polling Places
    Author: Government Accountability Office

    Per a Congressional request, the GAO examined access for people with disabilities at early voting and Election Day polling locations for the 2016 general election. Of the 178 polling places observed, 60 percent had one or more potential impediments outside the locations, such as steep ramps outside buildings, lack of signage for accessible paths, and poor parking.

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  • Voting Information Project (VIP)
    Topic: Election Materials Design, Polling Places, Voter Registration, Voting Tool
    Author: Voting Information Project

    The Voting Information Project helps voters find information about their elections with collaborative, open-source tools.

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  • Who Votes With Automatic Voter Registration?
    Topic: Automatic Voter Registration
    Author: Center for American Progress

    A demographic and geographic portrait of how Oregon’s Automatic Voter Registration system has worked to register hundreds of thousands of eligible citizens to vote.

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  • Why are Millions of Citizens Not Registered to Vote?
    Topic: Voter Registration, Voting Rights
    Author: The Pew Charitable Trusts

    Analyzing a survey about the attitudes and experiences of unregistered voters.

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