Democracy Fund

The Democracy Fund invests in organizations working to ensure that our political system is able to withstand new challenges and deliver on its promise to the American people.

Democracy Fund

The Pew Charitable Trusts: Election Initiatives

The Pew Charitable Trusts’ election initiatives team supports innovative research and partnerships to achieve the highest standards of accuracy, cost-effectiveness, convenience, and security in America’s system of election administration.

Why We Invested

Effective election systems are fundamental to our nation’s democracy. Pew’s Election Initiatives examine pressing election problems, share successful practices, and undertake projects to help states implement efficient and cost-effective solutions.

  • Supporting State and Local Officials: The Pew team has designed a bipartisan program that is focused on serving the needs and priorities of state and local election officials. This has allowed them to zero in on solutions that improve the quality of election administration processes state by state.
  • Innovative Solutions: Pew has developed and promoted a suite of technological solutions to address concerns with both access and integrity in our voter registration system. The Electronic Registration Information System (ERIC) provides the states with the ability to identify potential new registrants as well as those who are no longer eligible. Pew has also developed the Voting Information Project, which allows easy, usable access to information that voters need to find their polling place and cast their ballot. We anticipate that many millions of voters will be served by Pew’s solutions in the field of election administration.
  • Research: Pew grounds it strategies and positions on excellent, high quality data from research that is either conducted in house or commissioned from top experts in the field. In 2012 this allowed them to launch the Election Performance Index.

How to Get Involved

  1. On Twitter follow @PewStates using #electiondata or Pew’s Election Initiatives Director @beckerdavidj.
  2. Get the latest data dispatches, research, and news by subscribing to their newsletter on this page.
  3. You can also follow Pew’s Voting Information Project on Twitter @VotingInfo or “like” them on Facebook.