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


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


Kurt Sampsel

Inspired by Disney: measuring wait times

Tim Tsjuii, Deputy Director of Elections, Guilford County, NC, got the inspiration for a way to measure wait times in polling places during a family visit to Walt Disney World in Florida -- another place where waiting in line is a familiar experience. Inspired by Disney's method, Tim adapted it to election administration, using a mobile app called TimeStation. Read more

February 18, 2016


Whitney May

How we created Election Tools

Creating ElectionTools involved election officials at every step. The work started with brainstorming and ranking activities to define the most pressing needs they're facing in the 2016 elections. At one workshop, in less than an hour, the group generated 277 ideas for tools. That's a lot of sticky notes! Read more

February 8, 2016


Whitney May