Philadelphia – The Pennsylvania Department of State and the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) are holding an Election Data Summit today at the Community College of Philadelphia.
The Election Data Summit features some of the nation’s most respected election data experts will examine ways officials are using data to improve election processes and decision making.
“We are pleased to host this summit at a time when public interest in voting and election data is high,” Acting Pennsylvania Secretary of State Robert Torres said. “Every election produces a wealth of data beyond just the ballot count. Today, we will be discussing how to collect, manage and interpret all that data to improve how elections are administered and resources are allocated.”
Panel discussion topics include how voter registration data is collected, used and shared; how election data can help in recruiting poll workers, identifying polling sites and distributing voting machines and other resources; what data electronic poll books, voter call-in centers, mail ballot trackers and other tools can provide; and how to use post-election data sources such as audits, provisional ballot resolution tools and evaluations.
"The summit brings together some of our nation's most accomplished election experts who have found innovative ways to use election data to improve voter experience and participation," said EAC Chairman Thomas Hicks. "We are pleased to hold this important event in such a historic city and look forward to a vibrant discussion ahead of this year's midterm elections."
The Department of State oversees the commonwealth’s electoral process, campaign finance and voter registration, among other responsibilities.
The EAC is an independent, bipartisan commission charged with developing guidance to meet the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA) requirements, adopting voluntary voting system guidelines, and serving as a national clearinghouse of information on election administration. The EAC also accredits testing laboratories and certifies voting systems, as well as audits the use of HAVA funds.