VIP Expands Election Support

The Voting Information Project (VIP) is significantly expanding its support of state and local elections in 2016. In addition to the Nov. 8 general election, the project will provide critical information, such as polling place locations and ballot summaries, for voters in more than 70 elections, starting in January. The races include presidential primaries in 32 states and statewide primaries in 41 states, as well as runoffs where applicable, and dozens of local and municipal elections, including fire district and school board races across the country. VIP will not provide information for caucuses.

Although some states are able to quickly and easily provide VIP with the necessary information, many others do not have the infrastructure to efficiently collect and share the data, particularly for local and municipal elections. To address this, VIP worked in Arizona, California, Idaho, New Jersey, Ohio, and West Virginia in 2014 and 2015 to build systems to automate the collection of polling place and ballot information for all elections.

VIP data is available at no cost through customizable tools and apps as well as Get to the Polls, a website developed by Pew in collaboration with the Internet Association that allows voters to enter their addresses and find ballot and candidate information and the location and hours of their polling places. Developers can use the Google Civic Information API to include VIP data in their applications.

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To participate in VIP, states must provide at least polling location information.  States with an asterisk (*) are providing statewide ballot information (all federal or statewide offices); states with a caret (^) are providing down ballot information.  All information below is subject to change and is specific to the listed election.

Dates (2016) State(s) Election Type
Jan. 5  Rhode Island^ Special election
Jan. 26 New Jersey
Special election
Feb. 2 Rhode Island^ Special election
Feb. 9 Washington^ Special election
Feb. 20 South Carolina*
Presidential primary (R)
Feb. 27  South Carolina* Presidential primary (D) 
March 1 Alabama, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, Virginia* Presidential primary (R) and (D)
March 5 Louisiana Presidential primary (R) and (D)
March 8 Arizona^ Local elections

Idaho^ Presidential primary (R), local elections

Michigan*
Presidential primary (R) and (D)

Mississippi^
Presidential primary (R) and (D), statewide primary

New Jersey^
Special school board election
March 15 Florida, Missouri Presidential primary (R) and (D)

Illinois, North Carolina^, Ohio^
Presidential primary (R) and (D), statewide primary
March 22 Arizona* Presidential primary (R) and (D)
April 5 Wisconsin Presidential primary (R) and (D), non-partisan elections
April 9 Louisiana Municipal elections
April 19 New York Presidential primary (R) and (D)

New Jersey^ Special school election
April 26 Connecticut*, Delaware*, Rhode Island Presidential primary (R) and (D)

Maryland, Pennsylvania
Presidential primary (R) and (D), statewide primary

Washington^
Special election
May 3 Indiana^ Presidential primary (R) and (D), statewide primary

Michigan^ Consolidated elections

Virginia^ Local elections
May 10 Nebraska Presidential primary (R), statewide primary

New Jersey^
Municipal nonpartisan election

West Virginia^ Presidential primary (R) and (D), statewide primary
May 14 Louisiana Municipal elections
May 17 Arizona^ Special election

Idaho Statewide primary

Kentucky, Oregon
Presidential primary (D), statewide primary
May 24 Washington* Presidential primary (R) and (D)
June 7 California^, Montana^, New Jersey^, New Mexico Presidential primary (R) and (D), statewide primary

Iowa^
Statewide primary

Ohio^ 8th Congressional District special general election

North Carolina* Congressional primary
June 14 District of Columbia^ Presidential primary (D), districtwide primary

Nevada, North Dakota^, South Carolina^
Statewide primary

Virginia^
Primary in select districts
June 28 Colorado, Oklahoma Statewide primary

Utah^
Statewide primary
Aug. 2 Kansas, Michigan^, Missouri, Washington^ Statewide primary
Aug. 9 Connecticut, Minnesota^, Vermont, Wisconsin^ Statewide primary
Aug. 13 Hawaii^ Statewide primary
Aug. 16 Alaska^, Wyoming^ Statewide primary
Aug. 30 Arizona^, Florida Statewide primary

Idaho^ Local elections
Sept. 13 Delaware^, New York, Rhode Island^ Statewide primary
Sept. 27 New Jersey^ Special school board election
Nov. 29 Mississippi^ Runoff election
Dec. 10 Louisiana Runoff election
Dec. 13 New Jersey^ Special school board election

Calendar updated July 6, 2016