The Democracy Maps track state election laws and policies and create a detailed roadmap of how states can optimize civic engagement and protect the security, integrity and independence of our elections. The Democracy Maps dive deep into more than 40 aspects of state election and voting laws, making it easy to see the states that are ensuring democracy thrives, the states that are falling woefully short, and the incredible difference in access to voting and election independence across the states. Policies tracked include the categories of voter registration, representation & participation, voting in person, voting by mail, election security and election independence & integrity.
Voter registration policies such as automatic and online registration work to determine the eligible electorate in each state, which is often unduly restricted before elections even begin.
Representation and Participation encompasses both policy and data points related to the electorate, such as registration and turnout rate, as well as tracking state primary election systems and voting rights for formerly incarcerated people.
Many voters still cast their ballot at a traditional polling place. The availability of early voting, restrictive voter ID requirements, and provisional ballot policies all have an impact on a voter’s ability to access the ballot.
As an increasing number of voters cast their ballots by mail, states that have adopted no-excuse absentee voting and full vote by mail elections allow more opportunities for participation. Other policies such as the availability of drop boxes also have an impact on access.
States that prioritize election security employ voting machine systems that include verifiable paper ballots, and also have systems in place for post-election audits to detect and address anomalies, and that can provide independent audits and verify results when election results are challenged.
These maps highlight state laws and policies that protect the vote and ensure voters are not disenfranchised, and that election results are accurate as well as protected from partisan or foreign interference.