May 26, 2022

Projects to Know About: A Brief Introduction to the OpenElections Database Project

The OpenElections Project is working to build a standardized, linked database of certified election results for federal and state offices.

It’s a project that might be of interest to many members of the library community. In fact, some of you might even be able to lend a helping hand. For example, see the Wikipedia page linked at the bottom of this post.

The project just received $200,000 in funding from the Knight Foundation.

From the Nieman Journalism Lab:

Senior developers from The New York Times and The Washington Post are looking for volunteers to help collect more than 10 years of federal elections data from each state. With their help — and $200,000 in Knight News Challenge funding — Serdar Tumgoren and Derek Willis are working on creating a free, comprehensive source of official U.S. election results.

The goal is to end up with electoral data that can then be linked to different types of data sets — campaign finance, voter demographics, legislative histories, and so on — in ways that previously haven’t been possible on this scale.

Read the Complete Article

Direct to the OpenElections Web Site

Lead developers, Derek Willis and Serdar Tumgoren can be contacted via Twitter.

See Also: OpenElection Project Twitter Stream

See Also: A Growing List of Official Election Data Sources (By State, via Wikipedia)

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.