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Being Online is Still Not Enough

Reviews and Recommendations for State Election Websites 2010

 

Millions are turning to official state election websites to find the information they need to cast a ballot.

Being Online Is Still Not Enough provides state-by-state reviews and analysis based on detailed criteria of election websites for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. It also includes recommendations for improving each site to better inform voters, and provides a list of best practices adopted by many states to maximize their election office’s online presence. This report follows Pew’s initial 2008 study,  Being Online Is Not Enough  

Assessments were based on three categories: content, lookup tools, and usability. Roll your cursor over the map below to see each state’s overall score, and scores broken down by category.

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Overall scores were classified as:

  • Good (79-100),
  • Average (65-78), and
  • Needs Improvement (0-64).

Content scores were classified as:

  • Good (43-50),
  • Average (35-42.9), and
  • Needs Improvement (0-34.9).

Lookup Tools scores were classified as:

  • Good (23-25),
  • Average (15-22.9), and
  • Needs Improvement (0-14.9).

Usability scores were classified as:

  • Good (17-25),
  • Average (13-16.9), and
  • Needs Improvement (0-12.9).
Date:
December 6, 2011
Contact:
Stephanie Bosh | 202.540.6741
Project:
Election Initiatives
Author:
Pew Center on the States
Issues:
Technology, Online Registration, Military and Overseas Voting, Provisional Ballots, Early Voting, Voting Machines, Ballot Design
State:
National
Report:
Being Online Is Not Enough
 
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