Voter-Centric Election Administration

Supporting the Professionals on the Frontlines of Democracy

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 local electorate. 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.

Informed Election Administration

Even for state and federal contests, the administration of American elections is a largely local affair. Who gets to the polls and whether their votes are counted largely depends on the skill and capacity of city and county officials, who work to ensure that elections happen smoothly and in compliance with election law.

With slim county budgets and erratic federal funding, election officials must frequently retool local voting systems and protocols to address new realities, such as cyberattacks and pandemics, unprecedented turnouts, and changing laws and technologies. They must also adopt new voter-centric policies — like automatic registration, early voting, and no-reason absentee ballots — and adapt them to suit the unique needs of their communities. Election administration is a challenging discipline requiring continual learning and timely information. While many states and state associations provide training, the field would benefit from streamlined, free and accessible training.

The Voter-Centric Election Administration strategy supports the integration of data and techniques that remove barriers to voting, and we help network and inform the community of election administration officials. We collaborate on projects and innovations that:

  • Create tools, technology and best practices to help election officials run elections better, and to make it easier for voters to cast a ballot
  • Connect election administrators to training, tools, and a professional learning community
  • Provide election officials and reporters with factual, nonpartisan information on voting conditions, election reforms and performance, emerging strategies, and changing state election laws through electionline, a project of Democracy Fund
  • Generate usability research on effective design and language of election materials for voters and poll workers
  • Improve service to populations with issues of distance, disability, and language
  • Help citizens register and remember to vote, and receive voting process information
  • Establish common data formats to improve information flow within the election system

News and Resources for Elections Professionals

Electionline, a project of Democracy Fund, is the nation’s only nonpartisan, non-advocacy clearinghouse for election reform news and information. A resource for local election administrators and reporters, it provides timely updates on national and election legislation, training and tools, connections to state associations and professional conferences, and expert perspectives from across the field.

See more at electionline

Explore Our Other Elections Strategies

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.

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Pro-Voter Reform

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.

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Trust in Elections

With a host of new challenges to election integrity — including cybersecurity threats and disinformation — the Trust in Elections strategy works to create more secure elections where more people are motivated to vote and everyone can trust that results are fair and accurate.

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