Trust in Elections
Dismantling New and Enduring Threats to Voter Confidence
With a host of new challenges to election integrity — including cybersecurity threats and disinformation — the Trust in Elections strategy works toward a future where America’s elections are more secure, more citizens are motivated to vote, and the process and results are more trustworthy.
Secure and Fair for All
Democracy works better with a large and representative electorate reflective of our nation’s diverse communities. When people have confidence that their vote will be counted as cast and that election results are accurate, they tend to show up on election day.
Voter confidence in elections is crucial. For many communities of color, a history of disenfranchisement and voter suppression has undercut trust. New threats have also grown with recent developments: foreign cyberattacks on elections and campaigns, disinformation wars spurring polarization and disengagement, partisans gaming the system for political advantage, and alarmist language that exaggerates risks. As election officials rise to these challenges, progress is uneven across states and districts.
The Trust in Elections strategy strengthens the election system by collaborating with a coalition of partners on practical efforts to:
- Fortify the elections field with practical solutions and best practices supported by collaboration between researchers, cybersecurity experts, advocates, government officials and election officials
- Provide election officials with cyber security training, tools, and strategies for crisis mitigation and communication
- Inform policy that guides and funds elections at the local and state level
- Develop tools to monitor, expose, and combat foreign interference and disinformation
- Equip state and local election officials to conduct risk-limiting audits
- Track public confidence and build awareness around genuine risks and appropriate safeguards
- Explore ways to earn the trust of groups less likely to participate in elections today due to systemic marginalization
- Establish protections against political gamesmanship and partisan conflicts of interest
Election program strategies are designed to increase the quality of election planning and execution, mitigate risks to secure elections and credible outcomes, and reduce the practical and structural barriers to voting for a higher and more representative turnout.
American democracy is strongest when all eligible voters are able to participate. Unfortunately, confusing and cumbersome election processes — as well as outright voter suppression — too often act as deterrents to voting. The Pro-Voter Reform strategy helps to create a more equitable and accessible election system and empowers communities to defend voting rights where they are threatened.Learn more about this effort
In America’s decentralized election system, local officials have an awesome responsibility: orchestrating a voting experience that is secure, efficient, and accessible to all eligible members of the eligible public. The Voter-Centric Election Administration strategy works to help local election officials get the data, tools, and connections needed to ensure voters’ voices are heard.Learn more about this effort