🇺🇸 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).

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Election administration resources

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Voting by mail

Sites that support voting by mail operations.

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What’s on your ballot?

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

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Voter outreach

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

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Send food to poll lines

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

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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.

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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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