Winners Announced in Knight News Challenge on Elections

On July 22 at the University of Texas in Austin, the Knight Foundation, in partnership with the Democracy Fund, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the Rita Allen Foundation, announced 22 winners (out of more than 1,000 submissions) of the Knight News Challenge on elections. Read more.

Customizing the Voting Information Tool Just Got Easier

In 2014, the Voting Information Project (VIP) released the customizable Voting Information Tool, which delivers up-to-date official voting information online or via mobile devices using just a residential address. To make the tool even easier to customize, VIP has built a widget that walks users through the process of adding branded content. Read more.

Google Recognizes State Elections Innovators

At a July 9 reception at the National Association of Secretaries of State 2015 Summer Conference in Portland, Maine, Google presented awards to seven states—Iowa, Minnesota, North Carolina, South Carolina, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin—for their commitment to using new technologies to serve their voters. Read more.

How the Voting Information Project Works

Although the official information that voters access from the Voting Information Project is delivered in a simple, easy-to-understand way, the work involved in making sure it is complete, up-to-date, and accurate is complex. Pew has created an infographic that illustrates the VIP process, providing an in-depth look at the four-step method of standardizing, validating, and publishing state election data. Read more.

Voting Information Project Partners With D.C. Board of Elections

Over the past year the project and the board collaborated to make essential information readily available to voters for all of the city’s elections. Read more.

Helping VIP Work in the States

Democracy Works is a nonpartisan, nonprofit dedicated to the idea that voting should fit the way we live. In this guest post, Noma Thayer, data technologist for Democracy Works’ VIP team, offers insight into her role working with local elections offices around the country. Read more.

Ohio Tests New Standard for Election Night Results Reporting

Election night results reporting is often the most public part of an election official’s job. Consolidating returns from jurisdictions that employ various data formatting, vendors, and equipment can be difficult. By instituting a standard data structure, however, election officials can streamline the delivery of results from precincts to county election offices to the state. Read more.

Los Angeles County Promotes Voting Information Through New Channels

Los Angeles County turned to Pew’s Voting Information Project (VIP), making the county’s official information available through VIP’s free tools and apps, including the customizable Voting Information Tool (VIT) and the texting or short messaging service tool, which provide voters easy access to election information online and through mobile devices. Read more.

The Voting Information Project—Plans for 2015

The Voting Information Project (VIP) is looking forward to a busy and productive year in 2015. The project will support a number of elections and assist states in automating the delivery of official data to increase its availability for more elections, from statewide contests to municipal races; and convene a group of election officials to provide feedback and guidance for its work. Read more.

Voters Use Social Media and Mobile Devices to Find Voting Information

During the 2014 midterm elections, voters found election information on their mobile devices and shared it through the social networks at remarkable rates. Analytics from show that there were just under 8 million visits to the site, with most occurring on Election Day, allowing users to locate their polling places and see what was on their ballots. More than 72 percent of those users visited the site with a mobile device. Read more.