Process and Procedure

Find practical information that has been vetted by knowledgeable members of the election integrity community.

About Process and Procedure

Implementing efficient processes and managing an elections office in the face of substantial changes in voting technology can be daunting. Now the demands faced by elections officials are exacerbated by a global pandemic. Lots of guidance and tips are available to help: toolkits, strategies and planners, field guides, reports, and recommendations.

Tools

Voting Information Tool

The Voting Information Project’s Voting Information Tool offers official voting information to anyone by using just a residential address. The tool can be easily embedded in any website, is mobile-optimized & white-label, and supports 17 languages.

Voting Time Estimator

ElectionTools.org’s Voting Time Estimator is an easy tool for estimating the average time needed to vote a ballot

Elections Officials Communications Toolkit

The National Vote at Home Institute’s Elections Officials Communications Toolkit provides clear communication materials for election officials to accommodate increased mail ballot requests.

 

Are States Ready for a COVID-19 Election?

RAND’s Are States Ready for a COVID-19 Election? Report provides flexibility status by state on voter registration, remote voting, and early voting.

Elections Officials Operational Toolkit

The National Vote at Home Institute’s Elections Officials Operational Toolkit provides a calculator tool for election officials to determine what staffing, space, and other resources to plan for in serving a large number of voters.

Polling Place Resource Planner

ElectionTools.org’s Polling Place Resource Planner is a free program to help estimate resource needs at a polling place.

Policy and Resources

Post Primary Report & Recommendations for November’s General Election

The National Task Force on Election Crises’ Post Primary Report & Recommendations for November’s General Election provides lessons for effectively managing November’s general election to help policy makers, election administrators, and the media to secure a free and fair general election.

An Assessment of State Voting Processes

RAND’s An Assessment of State Voting Processes report summarizes state election laws on early voting, remote voting, and voter registration and discusses the potential implications of these laws for the execution of the November 2020 general election under conditions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Covid-10 Election Guide

The National Task Force on Election Crises’ COVID-19 Election Guide offers recommendations to help policy makers and election officials conduct a successful 2020 general election.

Counting the Vote during the 2020 election

Signature Verification and Cure Process

The DHS EI-GCC and EI-SCC’s Signature Verfification and Cure Process provides guidance on signature verification and signature problem curing processes.

References

Voting from home scaling up in 2020

The Center for Civic Design’s Voting from Home Scaling up in 2020 guide details the decisions and policies needed to support implementation of mail-in ballots for the 2020 elections: a look at the 7 big decision points for planning and running an election with all or most voters using mail-in ballots.

Federal Voting Assistance Program

The Federal Voting Assistance Program at FVAP.gov provides absentee voting resources for military and overseas citizens.

Vote at home webinars for election officials

The Center for Civic Design’s Vote at Home Webinars for Election Officials provide education to bolster the security of elections, improve voter engagement, and reduce election-related costs through vote at home programs as you prepare for upcoming elections.

REPORT #7: UPDATE ON VOTE BY MAIL

The COVID-19 Consortium for Understanding the Public’s Policy Preferences Across States’ Report #7: Update on Vote by Mail details a survey of public preferences and opinions on voting by mail.

Voting by mail from every state

ACLU’s Voting by Mail from Every State report details the voting by mail resources in each state.

 

 

 

 

REPORT #3: SUPPORT FOR VOTE BY MAIL

The COVID-19 Consortium for Understanding the Public’s Policy Preferences Across States’ Report #3: Update on Vote by Mail details a survey of public preferences and opinions on voting by mail.

Mail-In 2020

Mail-In 2020 is a non-partisan website offering the steps needed to vote by mail and outlining the requirements for each state.

Innovative Practices and New Solutions

The DHS Election Infrastructure Subsector GCC and SCC’s Joint COVID-19 Working Group’s Innovative Practices and New Solutions reference document provides location, voting model, and cyber & physical security guidance for election officials on how to administer and secure election infrastructure.

How to protect the 2020 election from the coronavirus

The Brennan Center for Justice’s How to Protect the 2020 Vote from the Coronavirus reference guide provides recommendations for polling place modification & preparation, expanded early voting, universal vote-by-mail, voter registration modification & preparation, and voter education & manipulation prevention.

Field guides for ensuring voter intent

The Center for Civic Design’s Field Guides to Ensuring Voter Intent include 14 essential field guides to assist election officials in key areas.