Voter and Election Resources

Voter and Election Resources

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Nonprofit organization that works in the courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to all people in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.

Heavily involved with voting rights as an issue area. Resources include reports on voting rights; litigation and advocacy centering around promoting access to the ballot, fighting voter suppression, voter restoration, the Voting Rights Act, and gerrymandering; blog posts, press releases, and features on voting rights. 

Officially nonpartisan, in recent years the ACLU has aligned its political spending to support progressive ballot initiatives. It formally supported the impeachment of President Trump.

Bipartisan and diverse group of leading scholars and thinkers in the areas of law, technology, politics, and media convened through the University of California, Irvine.

Academic study.

Collaborative campaign housed at the Leadership Conference Education Fund, in conjunction with the American Civil Liberties Union, the American Constitution Society, the Campaign Legal Center and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. This council of organizations works to remove discriminatory measures to the ballot.

Operates in eight states advocating against voter suppression; produces reports analyzing voter disenfranchisement and voter reform, and toolkits explaining effective advocacy for individual voters. Organization priorities include removing barriers to the ballot that cause long lines at the polls, increasing voting for jailed but eligible citizens, ensuring fair rules for registering and casting a ballot, and restoring federal protections for the right to vote.

Bills itself as nonpartisan. Collaboration between organizations such as the ACLU that are typically considered progressive.

Cross-partisan Advisory Council lobbying for the 28th Amendment, which would enact campaign finance reform.

Runs state and local campaigns; helped to host National Citizen Leadership Conference; resource library including materials providing context on the issue, advocacy information, PowerPoint templates, published media from supporters of the 28th Amendment.

National, self-proclaimed nonpartisan, nonprofit grassroots organization. Co-founded in 2016 by Jeff Clements, who was previously a registered Democrat and switched his political affiliation to Independent in 2012.

Nonpartisan online wiki-style political encyclopedia. Its site compiles neutral information on government officials and the offices they hold, political issues and public policy, elections, candidates, and the influencers of politics.

Search feature that allows users to identify their current representatives; elections calendar; sample ballots; list of polling opening and closing times by state (for statewide and national elections); links to state websites to find polling locations and voter registration pages; daily, weekly, and monthly email newsletters on a range of specialized topics, including “special news and updates.”

Widely viewed as factual and neutral reporting; sponsored by the Lucy Burns Institute, limited information available about funding; staff training and funding have been linked to conservative sources including the Sam Adams Alliance, which is largely funded by Koch Industries.

BallotReady aggregates content from candidates’ websites, social media, press, endorsers and board of elections for comprehensive, nonpartisan information about the candidates and referendums on your ballot. We link everything back to its original source so voters can verify any piece of information, and we make every effort to confirm details with the candidates themselves, giving them the opportunity to share even more information.

Tool that allows users to plan how they will vote on their ballot; serves as a social network.

Supported by the National Science Foundation, the Knight Foundation, and the University of Chicago Institute of Politics.

Nonpartisan voter information campaign created by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

State-by-state guide to registering to vote, requesting an absentee ballot, filling out and returning a ballot, and voting in person. Stephen Colbert also plans to create customized videos explaining how to vote in each state.

Initiative appears to be nonpartisan. Stephen Colbert frequently criticizes President Trump on his show.

Nonprofit public policy think tank based in Washington, D.C.

Focus on elections as major research area: resources include research reports and blog posts on topics such as voting during a pandemic, vote by mail, and election policy.

Mission statement includes heavy focus on bipartisanship. Described by Influence Watch as left-leaning; described by Media Bias Fact Check as right-leaning. Not fully transparent with funding, but has received funding from the MacArthur Foundation, the William and Flora Hewett Foundation, and Climate Works Foundation. In 2013, received criticism for releasing reports favoring top corporate donors such as FedEx, General Dynamics, Northrop Grumman, the American Bankers Association, BP, Chevron, Citigroup, ConocoPhillips, the Nuclear Energy Institute, and Shell.

Ball State University center that provides research, networking, and training to advance the ideals of civic literacy, community involvement, and public service.

Specializes in applied election administration research reports. The Center works with several state and national organizations to assist in the oversight, accuracy, and transparency of voting. Research focuses include voting systems and voting administration.

The Center’s Voting System Technical Oversight Program provides research and support for the Indiana Election Division. The Center also assists in the facilitation of a national conversation among other voting administrators and specialists. In June of 2012 the Center hosted the State Certification Testing of Voting Systems National Conference in Indianapolis, where over 40 participants from 25 jurisdictions convened to discuss issues related to election administration.

  • Ball Brothers Foundation
  • Barnes and Thornburg,
  • LLP Eli Lilly and Company Foundation
  • George and Frances Ball Foundation
  • Governor and Mrs. Otis R. Bowen
  • Indiana General Assembly
  • Indiana Humanities
  • The Indianapolis Foundation, a CICF affiliate
  • Indiana Secretary of State
  • John and Janice Fisher
  • Lilly Endowment, Inc.
  • The Pew Charitable Trust
  • The U.S. Election Assistance Commission

Non-partisan law and public policy institute at NYU Law School focusing on issues related to democracy and justice.

Policy solutions, research, reports, and recommendations; court case library; events; analysis and opinion from Brennan Center experts on current events.

Often viewed as liberal/progressive; 4-Star Charity Navigator rating; Guidestar Platinum Seal of Transparency

Nonprofit public policy think tank based in Washington, D.C.

Research reports on issues such as voting by mail in a pandemic; blog series accessible to policymakers and journalists on cybersecurity and election interference; events featuring leading experts.

Typically described as left-leaning. Major funders include the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Hutchins Family Foundation, JP Morgan Chase & Co, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the United Arab Emirates. Has received criticism over accepting funding from foreign governments.

Nonprofit, nonpartisan organization working through research, oversight, outreach and demonstration projects to improve the election process so that it better serves the needs and interests of voters.

Comprehensive list of California voter resources, including online voter tools, local election office contact information, California voting guides, and voting FAQ; data and research reports; policy advocacy via the California legislative process; outreach; demonstration projects

Donors include:

  • Airtouch Communications Foundation
  • American Conservation Foundation
  • AOL Time Warner Foundation
  • Apple Computer
  • Arkay Foundation
  • California Cable Television Association
  • California Calls
  • Carnegie Corporation of New York
  • Columbia Foundation
  • Compaq Laboratories
  • Craig Newmark Philanthropies
  • Digital Equipment Corporation
  • Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation
  • William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
  • Hewlett-Packard
  • Intel Foundation & Corp.
  • The James Irvine Foundation
  • Joyce Foundation
  • Markle Foundation
  • Pacific Telesis
  • Pew Center for Civic Journalism
  • The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Piper Fund
  • Quixote Foundation
  • Rockefeller Family Fund
  • San Francisco Foundation/Gerard Gleason Fund
  • Vodafone-US Foundation

Advocacy group specializing in election law.

Legislation and litigation focusing on campaign finance, redistricting, ethics, and voting rights; voter outreach focused on voters with felony convictions; toolkit of voting rights by state; public policy analysis; resources on specific policies; related reports and articles; DemocracyU.

Leans left; originally funded by Pew Charitable Trusts, but has since received donations from more overtly left organizations such as the Ford Foundation, Open Society Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation

Works with bipartisan secretaries of state and other election officals to maintain accurate and complete voter lists and help states secure their election technology against foreign interference. Emphasizes voter trust and confidence in elections in mission statement.

Publishes research on voter registration, election security, voting during the pandemic, and data analysis regarding accurate voter lists. Self-proclaimed “trusted resource for election officials around the country.”

Nonpartisan in work with election officials, founded by David Becker (previously director of the Elections Program at Pew Trust), who is outspoken on social media against President Trump’s views on mail-in ballots/misinformation.

Progressive nonpartisan policy institute that publishes research reports and develops and promotes policy recommendations.

Reports, issue briefs, and columns on topics such as voting safely during the pandemic, preventing foreign interference in American elections, voting by mail, and voter registration. Hosts events with experts on these topics as well.

Self-proclaimed progressive organization; website publications clearly lean left.

Apply design thinking to improve the experience of interactions between government and citizens.

Voter material design guidelines; materials to support states or counties scaling up their vote-by-mail program; toolkit of designs for scaling up vote by mail; projects including modernizing voter registration, voter communication guidelines, vote-at-home envelopes and information, language access, voter guides, election websites, and voter education.

Appears to be a nonpartisan resource useful for voter engagement regardless of party; funded by the Knight Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, and Democracy Fund, among others.

Nonprofit advocacy group based in Washington, D.C., and Brussels that works to promote democratic values by defining and shaping technology policy and the architecture of the internet.

Produces reports and policy briefs in issue areas such as cybersecurity and standards, free expression, government surveillance, open internet, and privacy and data. Convenes expert working groups to seek solutions to internet policy challenges. Files lawsuits to protect civil rights on online platforms.

Strong financial transparency; major 2019 supporters include Amazon; Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Chan Zuckerberg Initiative DAF, an advised fund of Silicon Valley Community Foundation; Facebook; Google; Irell & Manella; John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; Microsoft; and Ropes & Gray.

Works with bipartisan secretaries of state and other election officals to maintain accurate and complete voter lists and help states secure their election technology against foreign interference. Emphasizes voter trust and confidence in elections in mission statement.

Publishes research on voter registration, election security, voting during the pandemic, and data analysis regarding accurate voter lists. Self-proclaimed “trusted resource for election officials around the country.”

Nonpartisan in work with election officials, founded by David Becker (previously director of the Elections Program at Pew Trust), who is outspoken on social media against President Trump’s views on mail-in ballots/misinformation.

Harnesses the power of technology to modernize elections and inform voters; connects election officials to tools and training.; courses and training for election officials, open-source civic data sets.

Considered center-left leaning; key funding partners include Google, Facebook, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Knight Foundation, Democracy Fund, and the Skoll Foundation.

Aligns state-specific bipartisan, pro-voter campaigns across the country that modernize the voting system. Supports voter reform efforts such as Automatic Voter Registration.

Advocacy efforts and policy proposal support for strengthening election security.

Emphasizes bipartisan nature in its messaging; sponsored by left-leaning organizations such as Democracy Fund.

Non-partisan group of businesses working to increase voter turnout.

Coalition between 221 companies. Member companies pledge to encourage voter participation to their American audiences, ensure their employees have time off to vote, and collectively aim to identify 250,000 new poll workers and election volunteers prior to Election Day.

Civic Alliance is a collaboration between Democracy Works and the CAA Foundation, and some of its member companies include Amazon, Snapchat, Facebook and Instagram, Twitter, Lyft, Starbucks, Viacom CBS, Warby Parker, Target, and Vice.

Advocacy group focusing on democracy reform in issue areas such as campaign finance, gerrymandering, mass incarceration, net neutrality, voter registration modernization, election protection, and election integrity.

Democracy Wire (news platform), research and reports, litigation, legislation, advocacy, aggregated voting tools; Student Action Alliance and Common Cause Education Fund (nonprofit).

Four Star Charity Navigator rating; funded by progressive donors such as George Soros’s Open Society Foundations and the Joyce Foundation.

Nonprofit that identifies and develops progressive policy solutions.

One issue area includes democracy and civil rights; created “explainer” publications about the USPS and voting from home during the pandemic. Has published reports, explainers, and toolkits on many other issues distinct from elections.

Openly progressive.

Maintains long-term relationships with political parties, election management bodies, parliaments, civil society organizations, and democracy activists to promote democracy around the world.

Pools the expertise of the IFES, the International Republican Institute, the National Democratic Institute, the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative, the Asian Network for Free Elections, the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa, the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law, and Search for Common Ground.

Supervised by USAID.

Civic tech nonprofit that builds and shares voting infrastructure with election officials; produces the polling place and ballot data that powers everything from Google searches to the get-out-the-vote tools of most advocacy organizations.

ElectionGuard (technology to check that election results are accurate, and that votes have not been altered, suppressed or tampered with in any way. Individual voters can see that their vote has been accurately recorded, and their choice has been correctly added to the final tally. Anyone who wishes to monitor the election can check all votes have been correctly tallied to produce an accurate and fair result); Election Security Advisors (gives political campaigns and election officials hands-on help securing their systems and recovering from cyberattacks); AccountGuard (cybersecurity threat notification service available to political campaigns, parties, and democracy-focused nonprofits in 29 countries); Microsoft 365 for Campaigns; election security policy recommendations.

Funded by Microsoft.

Civic tech nonprofit that builds and shares voting infrastructure with election officials; produces the polling place and ballot data that powers everything from Google searches to the get-out-the-vote tools of most advocacy organizations.

TurboVote software--tracks voter registration, absentee, and vote-by-mail rules for all 50 states; Opt-in text and email reminders about registration deadlines, upcoming elections, and where to vote; light of COVID-19, this page compiles resources to keep voters updated about changes in their state’s election process. It includes a list of state election website, voter registration status tool, mail ballot forms to send to local election officials, and links to request a vote-by-mail ballot.

Ballot Scout--allows election offices to add intelligent mail barcodes to mail ballots, helping officials and voters track every ballot with the same ease as an Amazon package.

Strives to be bipartisan, partially funded by the Democracy Fund, which typically contributes to center-left and left-leaning organizations.

Think tank focused on economic justice, democratic reform, and COVID-19 and racial justice.

Campaigns; litigation; partnerships with grassroots organizations; policy briefs and analysis; campaign platforms and other advocacy resources; Combatting Wrongful Voter Purges toolkit; research.

Overtly progressive.

Electionline is a nonpartisan source of election and election administrator-related news and information.

Daily and weekly election-related news at the national and state levels; election calendar for different states; free training and webinar series; page hosting the websites of state associations and chief election officials.

Originally funded and created by the Pew Charitable Trusts’ Center on States; currently a project of the Democracy Fund.

The EI-ISAC is operated by the Center for Internet Security, Inc. It aims to improve the overall cybersecurity posture of nation’s state, local, territorial, and tribal (SLTT) election offices, through collaboration and information sharing among members, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and other federal partners, and private sector partners.

Central resource for gathering information on cyber threats to election infrastructure and two-way sharing of information between and among public and private sectors in order to identify, protect, detect, respond and recover from attacks on public and private election infrastructure. Provides an election-focused cyber defense suite through its 24-hour watch and warning center, real-time network monitoring, dissemination of early cyber threat warnings, vulnerability identification and mitigation, along with education and outreach aimed at reducing risk to the nation’s SLTT election cyber domain. Free cybersecurity training for any government employee or veteran. Other resources include a Handbook for Elections Infrastructure Security and DHS initiatives.

Established by the Election Infrastructure Subsector Government Coordinating Council (EIS-GCC), which helps important stakeholders share vital information regarding the elections process.

The Election Integrity Partnership is a coalition of research entities focused on supporting real-time information exchange between the research community, election officials, government agencies, civil society organizations, and social media platforms. Its objective is to detect and mitigate the impact of attempts to prevent or deter people from voting or to delegitimize election results.

Goal is to identify instances of election-related misinformation; the partnership will evaluate and distribute tips on potential disinformation to election officials and other appropriate parties.

Partnership between the University of Washington Center for an Informed Public, Stanford Internet Observatory Cyber Policy Center, the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensics Lab, and Graphika; supported by the Knight Foundation and Craig Newmark Philanthropies.

Nonprofit corporation founded to assist states to improve the accuracy of America’s voter rolls and increase access to voter registration for all eligible citizens. Membership includes 30 states and Washington, D.C. It is governed by a board of directors made up of officials from member states.

Provides member states with reports that show voters who have moved within their state, voters who have moved out of state, voters who have died, duplicate registrations in the same state, and individuals who are potentially eligible to vote but are not yet registered.

Nonpartisan; governed by a board of directors made up of officials from member states.

Company voting machines, management systems, and services enable secure and accurate elections.

COVID-19 best practices for Election Day voting environments; sells voting machines, secure paper ballot products, and electronic poll books; produces case studies using their voting equipment. Equipment emphasizes security.

Nonpartisan company.

“One-stop shop” for election information, tailored to Facebook users’ geographic locations.

Voter registration, vote by mail, military voting, and poll worker volunteer information. Information sourced from state election officials and nonpartisan civic organizations such as Ballotpedia.

Appears to be nonpartisan, data-based.

National, nonpartisan voting rights and election reform nonprofit based in Washington, DC. Comprised of national network of pro-bono election lawyers and advocates.

Updated voting guides by state; campus voting outreach; litigation; research and policy solutions to fight voter suppression; local election language access reports; local government election toolkits; poll worker resource guide; election advocacy testimony, letters, and materials.

Left-leaning, partially funded by the Democracy Fund.

Nonprofit that advocates for electoral reform (including ranked-choice voting).

Research reports; thorough compilation of resources regarding elections during COVID-19; comprehensive library, database, and glossary of topics and issues related to elections, accompanied by literature reviews; extensive data on Ranked Choice Voting.

Left-leaning, largest donors include the Hewlett Foundation and Arnold Foundation.

National community organizing network that gives people of faith the tools that they need to advocatre for a more just and equitable society.

Organizes to expand access to the ballot box for people of color, persons who live in poverty, persons with disabilities, and previously incarcerated individuals. Provides talking point toolkits on relevant issue areas; website states that reports are coming soon.

Decidedly left-leaning position on issue areas.

Company that performs advanced research and development in election technology and security. Aims to develop secure and open source election systems to meet the same reliability and security standards as the US government demands for national security.

Partnered with Microsoft to develop ElectionGuard, a software development kit (SDK) that will enable anyone to build verifiable elections technology. Partnered with DARPA’s System Security Integration through Hardware and Firmware (SSITH) program to develop hardware security architectures and associated design tools to protect systems against classes of hardware vulnerabilities. Developed risk-limiting election audit system and Qubie, a small computer that automatically measures wait times at polling places.

Owned by parent software company, Galois.

A nonprofit facilitatinig between election officials, civil rights organizations, and election reform advocates to examine and address the unique challenges facing the State of California’s election system. Focuses on modernizing elections and expanding participation.

Seems to focus on implementation of voting/election policy. Events and conferences, same day voter registration toolkits, 2018 Election Reform Primer, Voter Experience Index, voter administration resources, voter experience resources, voter registration resources, regularly updated page with informaion on 2020 CA elections, and voter education resources.

Often partners with progressive organizations.

Vote by mail advocacy organization.

Map: State-by-state breakdown with links on how to receive/request vote-by-mail ballot.

Started by WA state residents who met on the Elizabeth Warren campaign.

Promotes voter registration and democratic engagement through concerts and events.

Voter registration drives at over 1,000 live events each year; “Where, When, and How” to vote guides for all 50 states; voter registration tools; links to state election websites.

Lack of transparent financial information.

Helps voters find healthy, secure, and safe ways to cast ballots under the conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Database tailored to individual states that provides information on voting by mail, early voting in person, voting in person on Election Day, and accessible voting information. Provides links to state and local election officials’ websites, state-specific voting Pocket Guides, and Healthy Voting tips on how to vote safely.

Project of the American Public Health Association, Center for Civic Design, Center for Tech and Civic Life, National Association of County and City Health Officials, and We Can Vote.

Nonpartisan organization aiming to create a cultural shift encouraging voting and civic engagement.

Opt-in message reminders for local, state, and national elections; voter registration tools; link to HeadCount “Find My Polling Place” tool; state-by-state COVID-19 voting updates; voting checklist; social media activiation kits; and voting merchandise (t-shirts, sweatshirts).

Hosted by the Entertainment Industry Foundation; lists many corporate brands as partners.

Promotes democracy internationally: creates programming to ensure electoral integrity and accountability, empowers underrepresented populations to participate in democratic processes. Based in Arlington, VA.

Legal frameworks for electoral systems; research on electoral management; initiatives to include underrepresented voting groups;; electoral research and publications.

Funded by USAID, international development programs, the EU, and the UN, among others.

Intergovernmental organization that supports sustainable democracy worldwide; governed by council of member states and headquartered in Sweden.

Receives funding from international organizations such as the European Commission, USAID, Cooperación Española, and INE Mexico.

Progressive voting rights group created to secure voting rights for all Americans. Primarily focuses on electing Democratic voting rights champions as secretary of state and passing automatic voter registration in states across the country.

Conducts polling and produces research groups to identify effective messaging to persuade supporters; uses analytics to identify constituents for persuasion and mobilization; performs grassroots organizing; and targeted earned and paid media to support favored candidates.

Openly left-leaning; part of mission statement includes electing Democratic secretaries of state.

Yearlong commission of former world leaders, academics, businesspeople studying how new technology and communication tools can engage voters and strengthen electoral processes.

Protecting Electoral Integrity in the Digital Age (report)

Offshoot of the international Kofi Annan Commission (headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland).

Public safety consulting firm that specializes in supporting the public safety and national security needs of federal, state, and local government agencies.

Assists clients — particularly CISA — with election security efforts. Other areas of expertise include cybersecurity, emergency communications, law enforcement and intelligence, and training and technical assistance.

Private business; clients include CISA and FEMA.

Together with the LWV Education Fund, works to register and inform voters, and to influence and increase understanding of public policy.

The League of Women Voters Education Fund launched the resource in October 2006; litigation and lobbying on issues such as expanding voter access, voter suppression, and redistrcicting; elected official search tool; voter education events and programming.

Receives funding from donors such as George Soros, the Ford Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation.

Voting rights advocacy group founded in 2017.

State-by-state analysis of voting rights and voting legislation; grassroots campaigns; Letter to the Editor toolkits.

Politically aligned with the left; openly against Republican candidates on organization website.

Applies scientific principles to study and administration of elections through high-level data gathering and analysis.

Research and publications pertaining to modes of voting, voting and participation, and administering election systems; Survey of the Performance of American Elections; Elections Performance Index; and Presidential Commission on Election Administration site archives.

Part of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; funded by Democracy Fund, Hewlett Foundation, and The Joyce Foundation.

Applies behavioral science on its social networking platform to motivate voters and increase voter turnout. Startup that partners with purpose-driven causes, campaigns, and companies to amplify civic engagement.

Heavily involved with voting rights as an issue area. Resources include reports on voting rights; litigation and advocacy centering around promoting access to the ballot, fighting voter suppression, voter restoration, the Voting Rights Act, and gerrymandering; blog posts, press releases, and features on voting rights. 

Partners include Civic Alliance, National Voter Registration Day, Power the Polls, and #VoteReady. Appears to be a service organizations, campaigns, and brands must pay for.

This consensus study committee examined the challenges arising out of the 2016 federal election, assessed current technology and standards for voting, and recommended steps that the federal government, state and local governments, election administrators, and vendors of voting technology should take to improve the security of election infrastructure.

Securing the Vote (2018 report), which includes policy recommendations; hosts events discussing the security of voting technology.

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine describe themselves as producing objective, independent expert reports. The Committee on the Future of Voting is sponsored by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Nonpartisan professional organization for U.S. public officials. The organization facilitates the exchange of information between states and fosters cooperation in developing public policy, specializing in the areas of elections and voting, state business services, and state heritage/archives.

Established the Election Infrastructure Subsector Government Coordinating Council (EIS-GCC), which created the Election Infrastructure Information Sharing and Analysis Center (EI-ISAC) for state and local election officials share threat information and have access to cybersecurity resources. Hosts site that connects users to local election officials and provides voter registration information. #TrustedInfo2020 initiative to promote accurate election information; curated reports, briefings, and statements on on election security and election administration. The NASS Elections Committee tracks relevant Congressional activity, federal legislation and election reform proposals and provides a forum for members to discuss strategies for facilitating voter participation and share innovative practices on voter education and outreach.

Nonpartisan nonprofit with strong bipartsan membership. Corporate affiliates, including Facebook, help fund NASS.

Nonpartisan national profressional organization for state chief election officers. Aims to foster government excellence in quality business practices, information management, and technology policy.

Publications, surveys, reports, and webinars on topics including state cybersecurity, pandemic response, and technology policy. Also advocates to build awareness of state IT policy issues.

Nonpartisan nonprofit with strong bipartsan membership. Corporate affiliates help fund NASCIS.

Nonpartisan professional organization that disseminates election administration best practices and information across the states.

Professional network; conferences; compilation of links and local election information helpful to voters.

Affiliated with Democracy Fund, Hart InterCivic, and Voatz, among other corporations.

Represents state legislatures, fosters interstate cooperation, and liases with federal government to improve management of state legislatures.

Large body of “Elections and Campaign” research, databases, and legislation; COVID-19 compilation of executive action, state election official action, state legislative actions, policy options, and additional resources.

Bipartisan; supported by NCSL Foundation, which has corporate sponsors such as Walmart and Gilead.

Nonprofit that advances independent living and the rights of people with disabilities.

NCIL Voting Rights Subcomittee: resources and toolkits on voter registration, voting rights, accessibility of campaign and election websites, and disability representation in elected office; campaign skill webinar series; conference materials; and compilation of statistics and data on voters with disabilities turnout.

Nonpartisan. Grassroots, run for and by people with disabilities. Occasional collaboration with corporate entities for larger-scale projects (e.g., Elevate Campaign Training saw a collaboration with Centene; Annual Conference on Independent Living was sponsored by Walmart, Verizon, Coca-Cola, Molina, etc.).

Bipartisan movement focused on promoting election security and voting rights. The NEDC was founded in 2013.

Congressional briefings; political lobbying; conferences; “Ready to Vote?” section on website landing page directing users to trustworthy authorities on how to vote and become a poll worker; informational videos on election security; and reports. For the 2020 election, NEDC created, which includes state-by-state guides analyzing legislation and voting systems, and actionable ways to contact local election officials over issues such as USPS funding and online voting.

Intentionally include liberals and conservative partners. Funded by foundations such as Craig Newmark Philanthropies.

Bipartisan professional organization of United States governors.

Information on current and past gubernatorial elections; compilation of coronavirus response memos.

Bipartisan; supported by corporate partners such as Amazon, Apple, AT&T, Walmart, and Zoom.

Campaign that works to integrate nonpartisan voter engagement into social work education and practice.

Comprehensive voting resources list, including links to check voter registration, register to vote, voter rights, request absentee ballots, and find polling places and state-specific resources; list of national civic organizations; library of relevant books, videos, documentaries, and articles; fact sheets, academic materials, and best practices to integrate voter education into social work curricula and field education; social media toolkit; mobilization campaign pledge; 2020 census information.

Nonpartisan academic-based organization. Funding largely comes from the Fund for Social Policy Education and Practice and grassroots donations.

Cross-partisan group of 50 experts working to recommend responses to emergencies that will ensure free and fair 2020 elections.

Convened by Protect Democracy in 2019.

Nonprofit that advocates for comprehensive vote-at-home systems across the United States.

Research and data on the cost, security, efficiency, and track record of vote-at-home initiatives.

Run by Amber McReynolds, who is affiliated with the Democratic Party.

NBC News interactive voting guide to the 2020 election.

State-by-state guide explaining how to vote by mail, register to vote, vote in person, and track your ballot. Provides overview of all specific voting rules.

Nonpartisan resource.

NFL Votes is a league-wide initiative that is intended to include, support, and encourage the voting and civic engagement efforts of NFL fans, players, club and league personnel, and NFL Legends from now to Election Day. This initiative provides a platform for the NFL and focuses on three components of the electoral process: voter education, voter registration, and voter activation.

Voter facts, key dates, and FAQs page; links to register to vote, check voter registration status, and pledge to vote; media encouraging NFL fans and employees to volunteer as poll workers; and voting campaigns featuring NFL stars.

Collaboration between the NFL, i am a voter., Rock the Vote, and Rise to Vote.

Helps nonprofits engage the people they serve in voting and elections.

Resource library; reports; case studies; toolkits for nonprofits; webinar series; and “Voting in your state” resources.

Funded by Democracy Fund, among others.

Purpose: to recruit poll workers for the 2020 November elections, especially those who work for members of Civic Alliance.

Database that will provide information about becoming a poll worker, with up-to-date information for more than 4,000 jurisdictions.

The nonprofit organizations and businesses behind the new effort, “Power the Polls,” are Civic Alliance, Comedy Central, Fair Elections Center, Levi Strauss & Co., Patagonia, Time To Vote, Pizza to the Polls, MTV, Uber, and We Can Vote.

Litigation and advocacy organization founded by former White House Counsel’s Office and Department of Justice officials to guard against authoritarian government.

Software application that prevents foreign hacking of voter databases; advocacy efforts; legal action; research and policy. Particular emphasis on misinformation, voter suppression, and checks and balances. is a resource for government whisteblowers.

Left-of-center; founded by Obama lawyers.

Nonpartisan, nonprofit advocacy organization focused on ending political corruption, extremism, and gridlock. Advocate of the American Anti-Corruption Act.

Anti-corruption policy platform and campaign organizing resources; volunteering and action opportunities such as phone and textbanking; celebrity Cultural Council.

Mission statement emphasizes nonpartisanship. Full donor list from 2012–2020 includes individual donors, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Interactive resource with updated information on when and how to vote in all 50 states.

For each state: information about where to apply for absentee voting, deadline to request application, early in-person voting date, mail ballot deadline, and state-wide vote-by-mail status.

Nonpartisan resource.

RISE initiative that partners with sports teams, leagues, and athletes to improve civic engagement.

Voter Registration & Education for players, coaches and staff completed virtually or in-person in 30-60 minutes; Partnerships with nonpartisan local election and registration experts that support each session to ensure its effectiveness and provide voting details specific to your state; Digital and physical tools to know when, where and how to vote, including Absentee Ballot and Mail-in Voting information; Civic education leadership sessions, events, and interactive experiences; RISE to Action 2020 Voter Education Campaign, a series of targeted non-partisan digital voter education PSA’s featuring athletes and sports leaders with a goal to increase voter participation, especially among communities of color, women, young voters and senior citizens.

Self-proclaimed nonpartisan initiative, entire RISE nonprofit oriented around sports. RISE originally created to address racism.

Nonpartisan nonprofit dedicated to building the political power of young people.

State-specific voting guide; voter registration tools; election reminders; volunteer opportunities for GOTV efforts; actionable ways to contact election officials about voting rights issues; high schoool civic engagement curriculum; brand partnerships; celebrity partnerships; tech partnerships promoting tools for civic engagement; Creatives for the Count campaign promoting the 2020 census; and voting merchandise. Its sister organization, Rock the Vote Action Fund, is dedicated to politcal advocacy.

Self-proclaimed “progressive-aligned” organization; advocates for left-leaning policies.

Convenes academics and election-administration experts together to address the threat that COVID-19 poses to the 2020 elections.

Compilation of external resources on voting amidst COVID-19; literature review of external research regarding voting by mail and emergency election planning.

Part of larger MIT Election and Data Science Lab.

One of multiple Equity Alliance faith-based initiatives designed to promote voter participation among African American churchgoers in Tennessee.

Community events; “Faith Unchained” and “Souls on the Rolls” voter registration drives; local voter guides for cities such as Nashville.

Initiative from The Equity Alliance, a Nashville-based grassroots nonprofit group that advocates for communities of color.

The New York Times’s guide to key dates and deadlines for the 2020 presidential election.

State-by-state breakdown of voting early in person, deadline to request a ballot, when ballots must be postmarked, when ballots must be received, presidential and vice presidential debates, and Election Day.

Nonpartisan resource.

The Wall Street Journal’s guide to key dates and deadlines for the 2020 presidential election.

State-by-state breakdown of mail ballot request rules, deadline to request a ballot, when ballots must be postmarked, and when ballots must be received.

Nonpartisan resource.

The Washington Post’s interactive guide to voting in the 2020 election.

State-by-state breakdown of how to register to vote, request an absentee ballot, fill out a ballot, return a ballot, verify that a ballot has been received and counted, cast a ballot in person. Includes links to state election official websites.

Nonpartisan resource.

Political action committee focused on preventing the reelection of Trump. Efforts are dedicated to defeating President Trump and Trumpism at the ballot box and to electing “those patriots who will hold the line.”

Multiple famous Republican strategists, lots of fundraising, a lot of attention from media and the Republican party alike, and the ability to make and air political ads; will focus on GOTV work closer to election day.

Republican, highly credible group of political consultants, campaign vets, and politicians.

Democratic volunteer calling campaign for key swing states.

Swing state voting information; volunteer trainings; volunteer registration.

Funded by Progressive Turnout Project PAC.

Bipartisan grassroots organizing group that supports nonpartisan electoral reform campaigns. Aims to bridge partisan divides.

Supports “Unity Candidates,” Independent Redistricting Commissions to fight gerrymandering, Ranked Choice Voting, registered Independent voter participation in primary elections, and voting by mail; The Unite America Fund is a philanthropic, non-partisan donor community that aims to accelerate and scale the democracy reform movement; Brewer Fellowship; policy white paper “Voting at Home: How Democracy Survives a Pandemic.”

Largely funded by Kathryn Murdoch, who is known for her climate change activism, self-identifies as a “radical centrist,” and is perceived as more progressive than other members of the Murdoch family.

Independent, bipartisan commission that develops HAVA requirements, adopts voluntary voting system guidelines, and serves as national clearinghouse on election administration. EAC also accredits testing laboratories, certifies voting systems, and audits the use of HAVA funds; implementing election surveys.

Public meetings and hearings to inform public; Congressional Committee on House Administration; Senate Rules and Administration Committee; EAC Congressional Testimony; distribute and administer HAVA funds; deliver reports to Congress; share information for election officials and strengthen election infrastructure.

Established by 2002 Help America Vote Act; four EAC commissioners appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate.

Nonprofit and civic tech organization that operates for license on a fee-based system to collect and aggregate certified U.S. Civic Data; operates absentee ballot request and voter registration services for US voters at home and abroad.

Election official directory; state voting information; elected officials’ voting records; domestic VBM ballot request; collects, curates, and licenses most comprehensive U.S. Civic Data; hosts customizable online voting software; local elections data; overseas voter registration and ballot request widget; E2E Verifiable Internet Voting Project; Post Election Survey Research Support; case studies; research reports.

No official connection to any government entity; represents itself as nonpartisan.

Nonpartisan lobbying organization working to strengthen democracy by promoting the responsible use of technology in election administration.

Resource library on five issue areas: voting equipment, audits, paper records, internet voting, election security; The Verifier interactive map tool, which includes polling locations and ratings of polling place equipment accessibility; Voting Equipment Database; blogs on current events relevant to issue areas.

Funded in part by the MacAthur Foundation. In 2018, the Verified Voting Foundation awarded grants to organizations such as Common Cause Education Fund, Brennan Center for Justice, and the National Election Defense Coalition.

Nonpartisan nonprofit team of physicians, designers, and behavioral scientists committed to helping make it easier for patients to participate in the democratic process by registering voters while they wait in emergency rooms.

Healthy Democracy Kit: Health care providers across all role groups can help get their patients registered to vote on their own phones with our VotER badge backers which are created and shipped at no cost to providers. Site Based Approach: Touchless offering includes a set of posters designed to excite patients about registering to vote, a large display sign and tripod, stickers, and handouts. These materials are customized to your site and shipped at no cost to your institution. Other resources include tools to incorporate votER into teleheatlh; votER conversation starters and scripts; posters and handouts; and votER-crafted SMS messaging to send to patients.

Emphasizes nonpartisanship in mission statement. Supported by the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, The Berbee Walsh Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation, the Boston Foundation, and ideas42.

Exists to communicate information to voters (uses LOTS of APIs); “one-stop-shop” for election-related information.

See what’s on your ballot; check your voter registration; find your polling place; discover upcoming debates in your area; access a state-by-state breakdown of voting information.

Product of League of Women Voters Education Fund.

National nonprofit leveraging research-driven campaigns to register and turnout the 100+ million Americans who are traditionally excluded by partisan outreach efforts; includes lots of data/information-based voting tools.

Compilation of voting information software tools and official state data: voter registration, official registration lookup, sign up to vote by mail tool/get absentee ballot, find your polling place, or contact your election office.

Founder and CEO (Debra Cleaver) helped found and

Largest GOTV technology platform in the U.S.

SMS-based GOTV program; voter registration; provides essential voting information for each state; COVID-19 updates; free website civic engagement tools.

Credibility undermined by recent bad press: organization infighting and false election information.

Nonprofit organization that fights voter disenfranchisement caused by voter ID laws.

State-by-state breakdown of voter ID laws; voter ID help hotline; provides free photocopies of voter IDs; information on Real IDs vs. Voter IDs; rules for first-time voters; and pro bono legal support.

Partners with progressive-leaning organizations such as the Brennan Center for Justice, Crooked Media, and Mi Familia Vota.

Cross-partisan coalition of election administrators and organizations committed to ensuring safe voting options during COVID-19.

Compilation of facts and research on expanding absentee ballot accessibility.

Bipartisan (co-chaired by Republican and Democrat former governors).

Website, initiative, and community to coordinate support and organize for 2020 Democratic campaigns.

Voter registration; absentee ballot requests; sample ballots; opportunities to volunteer and campaign remotely; Adopt a Swing State initiative; background on national and local candidates; explanations of the electoral system; and democratic donating sources.

Openly Democratic, created by Crooked Media.

Long-running database of candidates and elected officials’ political records.

VoteEasy research tool that allows voters to compare candidates’ ideologies to their own; voter registration; publications; and ballot measures.


Partnership of Democracy Works and the states to make voting and election data available online.

VIP Specification voter data format;; SMS tool to find polling places, election official contact information, and registration URLs; Voting Information Tool easily embeddable on websites.

Democracy Works project.

Voter registration nonprofit.

Uses data to identify eligible voters who need to register; collaborates with local and state election officials; research on the American electorate and voter outreach efforts; APIs to check voter registration and register voters — most importantly, API “How to vote in your state.”

Self-identifies as nonpartisan but appears to support progressive causes.

Grassroots political organization focused on educating and empowering a new generation of Latinx voters.

Partisan information guide on voting issues; voter registration program; summits; and volunteer programs.

Openly progressive.

Non-partisan non-profit building a secure, affordable, and simple voting system.

Risk-limiting audits; voting machines with paper ballots; VotingWorks AVBM tool that allows voters with disabilites the option to vote privately and independently from home.

VotingWorks is considered left-of-center. It was created within and incubated by the left-leaning Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT). CDT’s major donors include large left-of-center foundations, including George Soros’s Foundation to Promote Open Society, the Ford Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation.

Election technology and voting software company.

Specialized election case studies; EViD electronic pollbook; Voter Focus voter registration and management system; ELM online election worker training platform; VRTower election website management solution.

Private company.

A nonpartisan coalition of public health experts, civic organizations, businesses, and elected officials that provides updated information and opportunities to make the 2020 election safe and secure.

State-specific election-related timelines; links to state election websites and other state information resources; TurboVote and VoteAmerica to register to vote and check voter registration status; and volunteer opportunities to support local elections.

Nonpartisan: listed partners include many progressive organizations, Republican SOS Kim Wyman, and Republican Women for Progress.

Nonpartisan nonprofit launched to increase voter participation and change the culture around voting; focuses on data-driven, grassroots voter outreach.

Election protection hotline; voter registration drives, guides, and outreach; My School Votes toolkit and curriculum; election information; voter pledge; and Civic Cities mayor training program.

Co-chaired and founded by Michelle Obama.

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