This week, the EAC released our first-ever EAVS Data Interactive 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.
Since 2004, the EAVS has captured and analyzed data across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The data captured gives a detailed look inside the election process, demonstrates the impact of policy changes over time and documents shifting election trends.
This powerful new tool allows users to dive in deep and quickly display data for states or any of the thousands of county and other local jurisdictions that comprise the EAVS data. Additionally, these jurisdictions can be compared side-by-side with other jurisdictions that have a similar number of registered voters.
In tandem with the Data Interactive, the EAC is also releasing EAVS election data fact sheets for all 50 states. Within the interactive, these fact sheets can be created at the local level as well.
Along with our recent series of EAVS Deep Dives on voter registration, early and absentee voting and poll workers and polling places, this tool is the latest in a series of resources launched by the EAC to present the EAVS data in new and dynamic ways. We are excited to share this new way to view and analyze EAVS data.
However, we see this interactive as a floor, not a ceiling. As we move forward and continue to conduct the EAVS, we will not only add more data which will add more power to the tool, we will look for ways to make the interactive even more useful for all stakeholders.