Virginia Election Data Project
Project provides tool to ID strengths and challenges in local elections offices
This week, the Virginia Department of Elections released the Virginia Election Data Project, a cooperative effort between the department and local registrars with assistance from The Pew Charitable Trusts Election Initiatives.
The project analyzes election and voter data provided to the Department by local election offices and presents the data visualized in a user-friendly online format.
“Like most election offices, we house a huge amount of data,” explained Edgardo Cortes, commissioner of elections. “While much of it is personal information that needs to be kept securely, there are ways we can be transparent about the data related to election processes to help the public understand election administration better. This is a way for us to use objective data to improve how we administer elections by figuring out best practices and sharing them across the state.” Read More…