Report

Being Online Is Still Not Enough

Reviews and Recommendations for State Election Websites

Being Online Is Still Not Enough

Quick Summary

This 2011 report, Being Online Is Still Not Enough, provided state-by-state reviews and analysis based on detailed criteria of election websites for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. It also included 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.

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

Being Online Is Still Not Enough provided state-by-state reviews and analysis based on detailed criteria of election websites for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. It also included 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 followed 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.

Update: See online lookup tools for voters in 2012.

 

Get Adobe Flash player

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).

Report Assets

State Fact Sheets

Related RESEARCH & ANALYSIS

PCS.PRODUCTION.1.20140221.1210 (PEWSUWVMWAPP01)