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Voter Registration Drive Kit Adds Graphics in English, Spanish, and Chinese

The Voter Registration Drive Kit — a collection of guidelines and materials to help community groups register new voters — is the most bookmarked tool in the Election Toolkit. But until recently, the Kit had just 4 social media graphics, and they were available in English only. Now we’ve expanded the collection to 10 graphics,... Read more

March 17, 2017

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Kurt Sampsel

Publicizing Voter Registration Events in El Paso County, Texas

The El Paso County Elections Department understands that effective community outreach means meeting people both in person and online. To spread the word about voter registration events, they’re using social media as well as materials from the Election Toolkit’s Voter Registration Drive Kit. “We like to be involved with our community as much as possible,”... Read more

February 14, 2017

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Kurt Sampsel

Virginia Boosts Impact of Pocket Guide with Civic Icons and Twitter

Shouldn’t a guide for voters fit in a pocket? A few months ago, when Paul Stenbjorn, Tanya Pruett, and Rob Vance of the Virginia Department of Elections started to work on updating materials for the 2016 election, making a true “pocket guide” was their goal. They wanted to slim down their 19-page “easy voter guide” from... Read more

January 11, 2017

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Dana Chisnell

Civic Icons and Registration Posters Help Voters in the Aloha State

Images are a powerful way to reach voters. They grab the eye, can communicate information more quickly than text, and they’re great for illustrating steps in a process. That’s what Raymund de Vega discovered this past fall when using two of the Election Toolkit’s image tools to connect with Voters in Hawaii. Raymund, who is... Read more

November 29, 2016

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Kurt Sampsel

Measuring voter wait times in Arapahoe County, Colorado

Nobody likes long waits on Election Day. For voters, waiting a long time to cast a ballot is a big inconvenience, and it can discourage people from participating. For poll workers, it adds unwelcome stress. And for election administrators, it often brings negative attention — even if they did their best to cross their t’s... Read more

October 14, 2016

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Kurt Sampsel

A smarter way to coordinate polling places in the Tar Heel State

Wake County, North Carolina has 202 polling places, and staffing them requires more than 2,000 Precinct Officials. In the lead up to Election Day, coordinating all of these people and places is a major challenge for Angel Perkins, who works as Recruitment Coordinator for the Wake County Board of Elections. Recently, to tackle this challenge,... Read more

August 31, 2016

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Kurt Sampsel

Faster, more accurate election results in Hardin County, Iowa

Election Day doesn’t end when the polls close. That’s when the important work of calculating election results and reporting them to the public begins. Voters want to see the impact of their participation. Candidates are eager to see their prospects for victory. And local media representatives want facts for the election stories that they’re working... Read more

July 25, 2016

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Kurt Sampsel

Twitter and Hootsuite help the Boston Election Department reach voters

For many election officials, social media have become an important part of their voter outreach efforts. Using social networks to provide civic information can help to integrate elections into people’s busy lives. That’s why the Boston Election Department uses Twitter. Kyron Owens, who is the Democratic Member of the Board of Election Commissioners, says that... Read more

July 14, 2016

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Kurt Sampsel

Creating civic engagement tools that include all voters

Creating website and tools in the Election Toolkit taught us a lot about meeting the goal of welcoming everyone, including voters (or election staff) with disabilities. First, there's the basic accessibility of the website. Then, we added information to the instructions for each tool about how to make the public outreach materials accessible. Finally, there's a work in progress of finding tools for the Toolkit that are also accessible. Read more

June 27, 2016

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Whitney Quesenbery

Infographics help voters prep for California primary

Kammi Foote, Clerk-Recorder-Registrar for Inyo County, California, has recently gained recognition for helping to inform voters beyond the boundaries of her own county. Using the Infographic Design tool, Kammi created an infographic to help No Party Preference voters prepare for the June 7 California primary. Spreading quickly across social media, her infographic reached countless voters.... Read more

June 15, 2016

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Kurt Sampsel