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🇺🇸 2020 Election Tech Handbook 🗳️

This page is for the voters and volunteers working to ensure a free and fair US election.

With a pandemic and concerted voter suppression efforts threatening to thwart the voice of the people, civic technologists have launched an unprecedented array of efforts to protect the vote. Here we highlight some of the many election tech projects represented in the broader Civic Tech Field Guide.

We have additional sections in the Field Guide for campaign tech and global voting and elections tech.

This is a crowdsourced effort -- if you see that a project is missing, you can add it here. If one of these projects is yours, you can claim it.

Curators

Matt Stempeck is the curator of the Civic Tech Field Guide and served as Director of Digital Mobilization at Hillary for America.

Allison Fine is among the nation’s pre-eminent thinkers and strategists for using technology for social good and a founding board member of Civic Hall.

Micah Sifry is the co-founder of Civic Hall, author of nine books, and editor of the newly-launched newsletter The Connector.

Register to vote

This tech seeks to help voters overcome suppression and bureaucratic hurdles to exercising their right to vote (including the concept of voter registration itself).

I Will Vote

Select your state, make sure you're registered to vote, then choose how you're going to vote this year. Built by the Democrats.

Register2Vote.org

Our mission is to empower all eligible US citizens to become voters. That starts with voter registration.

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National Voter Registration Day

National Voter Registration Day is a holiday celebrated on the fourth Tuesday of every September. It's goal is to focus attention on the importance of registering to vote and voting in our democracy during a single day of on-the-ground and digital efforts lead by government, nonprofits, and businesses.

Election administration resources

Election administration tech works to empower and assist the people who are responsible for running elections.

Match your views to your vote

This category of tools helps voters identify the ballot choices that best match to their own views and perspectives.

Find your polling place

This class of civic tech tools and data services help voters find out where -- and often how and when -- to cast their vote. These tools are particularly helpful in the US, where rules, deadlines, and polling procedures may vary dramatically by state.

Every Vote In

This easy-to-use tool from the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s office will guide you through the ways you can cast your ballot safely in 2020.

Voting Information Project

The Voting Information Project helps voters find information about their elections with collaborative, open-source tools.

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Getting to the polls

Apps and services to help voters access polling places, particularly in areas where vote suppressors have intentionally made the locations harder to access.

Ride Share 2 Vote

RideShare2vote provides full training for drivers regarding voter laws as well as implementing CDC guidelines regarding masks, sanitizing before and after completing rides and social distancing with only one rider in the back seat.

Voting by mail

Sites that support voting by mail operations.

ElectionMail.org

A tool to help election officials (and election officials only) report problems with election mail

What’s on your ballot?

Learn what you're voting on before you go. These sites inform voters about their choices ahead of time.

The Local Office Function Index

The Local Office Function Index (LOFI) is a standardized, nationwide dataset of what your elected officials are responsible for and how you can engage with them.

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Ballot Information Project

We collect nationwide datasets of who and what is on the ballot for each election.

BallotReady

BallotReady is an online voter guide to local elections. We make it easy to vote informed on every candidate all across America.

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WeVote

The WeVote app is a one stop shop to learn about the candidates and your voting rights and responsibilities, act on Election Day by voting or volunteering and share events you plan to attend and materials you have read.

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Voting Information Project

The Voting Information Project helps voters find information about their elections with collaborative, open-source tools.

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Voter outreach

Coordinated efforts to reach out to potential voters to help them register and vote.

The Big Send

Vote Forward volunteers encourage fellow citizens to participate in our democracy by writing and sending letters at their own expense. A diverse community of more than 150,000 volunteers from all over the country has written letters in 2020.

Sponsor the Vote

Make a small donation and this group will mail voter registration forms to unregistered voters in that state.

Send food to poll lines

One way we can support voters facing long lines at polling places is to send food to the polls.

Pizza to the Polls

Pizza to the Polls is making democracy delicious by delivering free food for all to polling places with long lines. Send us reports of long lines and we'll send in the delicious reinforcements.

Chefs for the Polls

World Central Kitchen and its partners are activating Chefs For The Polls to serve nourishing meals on early voting days and Election Day.

Election observation

Third parties oversee elections to ensure they are run in a free and fair manner. For example, we must track ballot requests and submitted ballots to ensure voters' voices are heard.

How Long Will Vote Counting Take? Estimates and Deadlines in All 50 States

The New York Times asked officials in every state and the District of Columbia about their reporting processes and what share of votes they expect to be counted by noon on Wednesday, Nov. 4. Here’s what they said to expect.

Protect the Vote

Protect the Vote is a national coalition of nonpartisan organizations focused on making sure everyone can vote. They have great volunteer opportunities across the country.

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Peaceful transition of power

One of the hallmarks of a democracy is that when the people choose to vote out the incumbent, they peacefully leave office.

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