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The State of Elections In The Fifty States: Evaluating the Process Where It Counts (PDF)
This report reviews the election process across all fifty states, using the Carter-Baker Commission’s recommendations as guidelines. It reviews progress on voter registration, voter identification and provisional voting, voting technology, voter access and education, and election management.

Read the report here.
Featured Resources
This letter, from the Indiana Secretary of State, was written the day after the Indiana Court of Appeals handed down its decision on the state’s voter ID laws. It outlines the impact of the ruling on State laws and the Secretary’s plan to argue his case in front of the Indiana Supreme Court.
This article explores the constitutionality of poll watcher statutes, arguing that laws permitting their presence at voting locations are permissible under the U.S. Constitution.
Convened to provide guidance to the state of Utah in the areas of election law, the Commission made recommendations regarding voter registration. Joining a number of other groups in proposing automatic voter registration, the Commission adopted all of its recommendations unanimously.
Although ethnic diversity of the U.S. has been increasing, voter registrations have not followed this trend. A new report finds that although the voting population is still unrepresentative of the American population at large, the 2008 voting population was more diverse than in years past.
The Florida Supreme Court ruled on the constitutionality of Sarasota County’s charter election law amendments, finding that state law does not bar individual counties from creating their own election laws.
Research Projects
electionline.org provides daily news updates on election reform issues, as well as deeper analysis of selected topics, including recent reports on voter registration, recount procedures, and the progress in implementing the Help America Vote Act since 2002.
As part of its broader research focus on elections, campaign ethics, campaign finance, and the legislative process, the Center for American Politics and Citizenship at the University of Maryland is engaged in research projects on voting technology and ballot design specifically.
Center for Democracy & Election Management was established at the School of Public Affairs at American University in 2002. Their broader goal is to pave the way for and strengthen democracy through improved electoral performance.
FairVote develops and promotes practical strategies to improve elections at the local, state and national levels.
Project Vote is a national nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) that works to empower, educate, and mobilize low-income, minority, youth, and other marginalized and under-represented voters.
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