The U.S. Election Assistance Commission today released the 2016 Election Administration and Voting Survey (EAVS)
, the most comprehensive nationwide data about election administration in the United States. The survey is a deep dive into a wealth of election and voting data and includes findings such as an increase in registered voters since 2012, a growing number of Americans voting before Election Day and a larger number of jurisdictions using technologies such as e-poll books.
“In the face of unique challenges last year, election officials across the country administered fair and accurate elections,” said EAC Chairman Matthew V. Masterson. “Today’s report gives us a detailed look inside that process and provides data we can use to improve future elections and voter experience. The EAC looks forward to turning the 2016 EAVS responses into resources for state and local election officials and the American voters they serve.”
The 2016 EAVS included responses from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and four U.S. territories. Data is collected at the state and local level by county or county equivalent. The EAVS was administered by Fors Marsh Group and in partnership with the Pentagon’s Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP).
Sean Greene, EAC Director of Research, leads the EAVS. He notes, “One of the most important results of the survey, which began a dozen years ago, is it allows us to see the impact of policy changes over time. For example when the EAVS was first administered, only one state allowed online voter registration (OVR). Now nearly three dozen states offer OVR and it was the second most common source of voter registration applications in the 2016 election cycle. The EAVS allows all stakeholders in the elections process access important data like this.”…