Studies and Reports
Election Administration and Voting Survey (EAVS) Comprehensive Report
On June 27, 2019, the EAC published the biennial Election Administration and Voting Survey (EAVS) Comprehensive Report, an analysis of state-by-state data that covers various topics related to the administration of federal elections. Topics covered through EAVS data collection relate to voter registration and list maintenance, voting practices for overseas citizens and members of the armed forces serving away from home and other important issues related to voting and election administration. It is a survey of all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Prior to 2014, this data was reported in 3 different reports – the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) report, the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) report, and the Election Day Survey. In addition, for the 2018 administration of the EAVS, the EAC transitioned from the Statutory Overview, which asks states a series of open-ended questions about their election laws, definitions, and procedures, and now, administers the Policy Survey, a series of closed-ended questions that cover the same topics - allowing for cleaner data and that is more usable than the previous question type.
The Election Administration and Voting Survey interactive allows users to examine and compare data at both the state and local levels, as well as look at any combination of jurisdictions side by side. Our related guide provides details on how to use the tool.