United States Elections Project


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The United States Elections Project is an information source for the United States electoral system.  The mission of the project is to provide timely and accurate election statistics, electoral laws, research reports, and other useful information regarding the United States electoral system. By providing this information, the project seeks to inform the people of the United States on how their electoral system works, how it may be improved, and how they can participate in it.

The website serves as a means to disseminate research conducted by Dr. Michael McDonald, an Associate Professor at George Mason University and a non-resident Senior Fellow at Brookings Institution. Prof. McDonald serves on the advisory boards of the Non-Profit Voter Engagement Network, and Americans for Redistricting Reform. The voter turnout rates found here are widely used by the media, academics, and policymakers.

An interest in voting naturally leads one to the mechanics of voting. Among my many activities, I am co-principle investigator of the Public Mapping Project, which produced the open-source web-accessible redistricting software DistrictBuilder.

I blog about elections on Huffington Post's Pollster section.