Voting Information Is Easy to Find in Social Media-Saturated Election

This year, social media companies are prompting voters—or prospective voters—to register to vote, find their polling locations, and make a plan for Election Day. Indeed, while online or using a smartphone, learning about casting a ballot in the 2016 election is easier than ever. Read more.

Voters Gain Better Access to Information as States Embrace Digital Tools

States across the country are using free tools from the Voting Information Project (VIP) to provide voters with timely, accurate election information. VIP’s tools—a Short Message Service (SMS) tool,* the embeddable voting information widget, and white-label iOS and Android apps—are in use in 44 states. These free resources can be customized by including a logo, official seal, preferred colors, and text, and they are designed to help states, cities, and civic-minded organizations make sure voters have the knowledge they need to cast their ballots. Read more.

AT&T Helps Voters Get to the Polls

As Election Day approaches, companies across the U.S. are finding innovative ways to share nonpartisan voting information with their audiences by using data and resources from the Voting Information Project (VIP). Now, telecommunications giant AT&T is joining this group by embedding VIP’s Voting Information Tool on its state-specific “community” websites, which offer news targeted to consumers based on where they live. Read more.

Voting Information Now Available in More Languages

The Voting Information Project (VIP) has updated its digital tool to provide official voting information in 17 languages: For the 2016 presidential election, the mobile-optimized tool supports Amharic, Chinese, English, Hmong, Hindi, Japanese, Karen, Khmer, Korean, Laotian, Oromo, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai, and Vietnamese. The tool, which provides polling locations and ballot information based on users’ addresses, is free and can be embedded on websites and customized for any city, municipality, or state across a range of technology platforms. Read more.

Early Voting, Now a Reality in Most States, Is Underway

Although candidates are still campaigning, some voters have already made their choices in this year’s general election. Thirty-seven states and the District of Columbia allow early voting before Nov. 8. By the end of October, voters in a third of the country will have had the opportunity to cast their ballots. Read more.

Voting Information Project Tools Make Casting Ballots Easier Nationwide

In August, nearly 100,000 voters accessed Voting Information Project (VIP)resources to look up information for elections in 12 states—Alaska, Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Over the past year, state and local governments, third-party organizations, and voters in 40 states have used VIP tools to support primaries, runoffs, and local and municipal races across the country. Read more.

What's Next for the Voting Information Project?

By Anthea Watson-Strong (Google) and Alexis Schuler (Pew Charitable Trusts) In 2008, a group of us at The Pew Charitable Trusts and Google came together on what seemed like a far-fetched idea at the time - using the Internet to bring state and local election officials closer to their voters on key questions about the voting process: Where do I vote? What’s on my ballot? What are the rules and deadlines for casting my vote? Read more.

Early Voting and Other Election Day Alternatives Gain Popularity

Election Day is less than 100 days away, and many voters will soon be receiving their ballots in the mail or casting early ballots. Data from multiple editions of the Survey of the Performance of American Elections show that a growing number of voters are embracing these alternatives to traditional precinct voting. Read more.

2 More States Add Online Voter Registration

Rhode Island and Kentucky are the latest states to launch online voter registration systems, bringing to 32—plus the District of Columbia—the number of states that allow citizens to register to vote and upgrade their registrations entirely online. Online registration is more convenient and efficient for voters, consumes less time and resources of state and local officials, and results in fewer inaccuracies than handwritten paper forms. Read more.

Voting Information Project Tool Helps Oregonians Find Ballot Drop-Off Locations

In advance of the May 17 presidential primary, the Oregon secretary of state’s office customized and embedded the Voting Information Project’s (VIP) Voting Information Tool to help voters find ballot drop box locations throughout the state. Elections in Oregon are conducted entirely by mail, but voters have the option to drop off their ballots at secure sites maintained by each county. Read more.