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.
We at the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) are constantly thinking about better ways to use and highlight this important data, while also looking ahead to the next survey and how we can make it better.
With that in mind, we want to provide several updates on what is happening with the EAVS:
- Collecting Feedback: Earlier this month, the EAC published notice in the Federal Register for a 60-day public comment period for the 2018 EAVS. For more information on how to comment and provide feedback, please use the information provided in the Federal Register.
- Improving Accessibility: We also recently added a new resource compiling all EAVS datasets, codebooks, and survey instruments from 2004 – 2016 in one place.
- Going Deeper: Later this week, the EAC will release the first in a series of EAVS Deep Data Dives. These briefs will use data from the 2016 survey, as well as earlier surveys, to provide an in-depth look at specific aspects of election administration and use the data to help better understand the voting process. In honor of National Voter Registration Day next Tuesday, September 26, the first deep dive will provide insights on how voters get on the rolls and how those rolls are maintained by election officials.
- Creating Impact: Finally, in October the EAC will participate in the “Inclusion and Integrity in Election Administration” symposium hosted by Auburn University and the Election Center. This two-day meeting will have several sessions focused on EAVS, how it can be used, and how it may evolve in the future.
So watch this space! We will continue to provide EAVS updates as we release more Deep Data Dives in the coming months and continue to prepare the 2018 survey.