An U.S. Election Assistance Commission blog about the Election Administration and Voting Survey written by EAC research team members.

2018 EAVS Data Interactive
Dec 16 , 2019

Good News! The EAC released the updated EAVS Data Interactive this week. The EAVS Data Interactive is a visualization tool that makes it easier to understand the survey responses in the 2018 EAVS.

2019 Election Data Summit: Announcing our Voter Registration Database Modernization Panelists
Jun 26 , 2019
Supported in part by 2018 Help America Vote Act funds distributed by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC), election officials across the country are taking additional steps to strengthen and upgrade their voter registration databases and election management systems.
2019 Election Data Summit: Announcing our Election Security Panelists
Jun 25 , 2019
Election security has been top of mind for election officials since the 2016 elections, and efforts are well underway to strengthen election infrastructure for the 2020 elections and beyond. Leveraging governmental and non-governmental partnerships, including with new actors to the elections space like the Department of Homeland Security and state National Guard units, state and local election officials are working tirelessly to harden their systems and adopt cybersecurity best practices.
2019 Election Data Summit: Announcing our 2018 Overview Panelists
Jun 24 , 2019
?Important data on the 2018 midterm elections will be released on Thursday, June 27. This includes the final report and dataset from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission’s (EAC) 2018 Election Administration and Voting Survey (EAVS), as well as findings from a recent national survey of local election officials conducted by the Democracy Fund in partnership with Reed College.
2019 Election Data Summit: Announcing UOCAVA, Reaching Citizen Voters Abroad Panelists
Jun 21 , 2019
UOCAVA is an essential component to including our citizens aboard and armed service members serving away from home in the democratic process. The 2019 Election Data Summit will unite election experts to examine how data can be used to improve the election administration process and ensure access for UOCAVA voters.
2019 Election Data Summit: Announcing our Voter Registration Panelists
Jun 20 , 2019
Voter registration is integral to the election administration process. Registering to vote, verifying voter eligibility and maintaining the accuracy of the voter registration list are several significant components of the complex voter registration process.
Sneak Peek: 2019 Election Data Summit and 2018 EAVS Report
Jun 11 , 2019
EAC staff is working diligently on final preparations for our 2019 Election Data Summit. This year, the Election Data Summit will be hosted in the Senate Rules Committee Room in the Russell Senate Office Building on June 27, 2019. This year’s Summit also coincides with the release of the HAVA-mandated 2018 Election Administration and Voting Survey (EAVS) report, still the most comprehensive data collection effort regarding election administration in the United States.
Apr 23 , 2019
Earlier today, the U.S. Census Bureau released its key findings on voting and registration for the November 2018 general elections, as well as the accompanying dataset. The Census Bureau collects this data every two years following each federal general election through its Voting and Registration Supplement to the Current Population Survey (CPS).
Dec 10 , 2018
With the midterm elections now behind us, the EAC has begun implementing the 2018 Election Administration and Voting Survey (EAVS). The EAVS is the agency’s biennial survey that collects the most comprehensive nationwide data on election administration from nearly 6,500 local election jurisdictions across all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories.
Jul 09 , 2018
Moderated by Kathy Boockvar, Senior Advisor to the Governor on Elections Modernization for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the summit’s final panel will focus on post-election processes and include discussion from four expert panelists.
Jul 05 , 2018
Following a panel on Election Day preparation, Chairman Thomas Hicks will be sitting down with four expert panelists to discuss how election officials and other stakeholders are using data to improve Election Day and voting processes.
Jul 02 , 2018
Following a panel on voter registration at the Election Data Summit, MIT Kenan Sahin Distinguished Professor of Political Science Charles Stewart III will moderate a discussion on how data can be used to expedite and improve Election Day preparation. This morning, the EAC is pleased to announce the three expert panelists who will join him on stage.
Jun 28 , 2018
The EAC will kick off the Election Data Summit with a panel exploring how voter registration data is used, collected and shared in light of recent trends towards modernizing voter registration systems and processes and increased sharing of registration data among states.
Jun 27 , 2018
The EAC is busy laying the groundwork for implementing the 2018 EAVS, the eighth biennial survey of its kind. We have started reaching out to our points of contact in all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and the territories this week, and we’ll be launching the EAVS web portal later this month.
Dec 13 , 2017
This week, the EAC released our first-ever Data Interactive using survey responses to the 2016 Election Administration and Voting Survey (EAVS). For the first time, election officials, academics, advocates, and other stakeholders can examine specific EAVS data not just at the state level, but at the local level as well.
Oct 20 , 2017
Auburn University and the Election Center hosted the “Inclusion & Integrity in Election Administration Symposium,” a series of data-driven conversations focused on improving the Election Assistance Commission’s (EAC) Election Administration and Voting Survey (EAVS). Panelists and those attending shared great insight and feedback about the EAVS and how the EAC could make the data more meaningful for election officials.
Sep 19 , 2017
The Election Administration and Voting Survey (EAVS) is the most comprehensive set of election information available, but with that wealth of information comes the challenge of interpreting it and applying the lessons contained within that data.
Aug 31 , 2017
As part of our countdown to National Voter Registration Day on September 26, the EAC is highlighting a variety of resources, data, and other related information about the registration process. An essential component of this is statewide voter registration databases, which are the foundation of the elections process.
Mar 01 , 2017
The North Carolina State Board of Elections recently created its own series of data visualizations showing detailed voter registration data – both National Voter Registration Act statistics and daily voter registration data going back to 2008 – as well as election results from November 2016. This is in addition to the already enormous amount of elections data the state includes on its website.
Feb 02 , 2017
We also want to learn more about other jurisdictions that have undertaken similar efforts. For example, we know that Orange County, California has conducted multiple surveys of poll workers over the years and their findings have provided useful guidance for election officials. We encourage those in jurisdictions who have conducted similar surveys to reach out to us and share your stories. We’d love to feature them here on our blog!
Jan 31 , 2017
There has been a lot of talk lately about the need for accurate voter lists. As part of the EAC’s work with election administrators, we know state and local election officials work diligently to maintain voter registration lists. That work is an essential part of protecting election integrity and providing those eligible the opportunity to vote.
Jan 25 , 2017
At the end of June this year the EAC will release its 2016 Election Administration and Voting Survey (EAVS). As it has in the past, this report will include a ton of great election administration information, including data related to: Voter registration Military and overseas voting Absentee ballots Polling places and poll workers Provisional ballots Election Day activities and voting equipment
Jan 18 , 2017
This week, we’ll look at how other stakeholders – other government agencies, academics and interest groups – use the EAVS data to better understand elections.
Jan 09 , 2017
At the EAC, we talk a lot about data, especially this month, as we look at the past, present, and future of our Election Administration and Voting Survey. When describing data some here use "data are" (which has been my preference), while others use "data is."
Jan 03 , 2017
Visit us on this blog, Twitter, and Facebook, every day to find out what’s in store for the EAVS. #EAVSdata
Dec 19 , 2016
We will provide monthly updates on the 2016 Election Administration and Voting Survey (EAVS) as well as related news, so look for more information about the survey in the New Year!
Dec 07 , 2016
We plan to provide monthly updates on the EAVS as well as related news, so look for more information about the survey in the New Year!
Nov 03 , 2016
In the coming months after the election, states will begin responding to the 2016 EAVS which will provide final data about early and absentee voting, as well as plenty of other election administration data. Stay tuned for updates in 2017!
Nov 02 , 2016
According to data collected by Dr. Michael McDonald and the United States Election Project, at least 26 million voters (as of the morning of November 1) have already cast ballots for the Nov. 8 general election. And with early voting in full swing in many states this final week before Election Day, those numbers are increasing rapidly.
Sep 14 , 2016
The EAC is pleased to announce the Fors Marsh Group (FMG) will administer the 2016 Election Administration and Voting Survey (EAVS). The biennial survey, which has been administered since 2004, collects election administration data from the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the territories of American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands. The biennial Statutory Overview is also being administered by FMG and will provide an overview of state laws and procedures governing feder
Aug 17 , 2016
Earlier this month, the EAC released two videos from experts in the field about how to visualize elections data and how visualizing these data can be used in policy and budget discussions. And last week the Pew Charitable Trusts released its most recent iteration of the Elections Performance Index (EPI) with data from the 2014 elections, using 17 indicators to examine how states administer elections.