January 21, 2022

New Report, Statistics, Dataset: U.S. Election Assistance Commission Releases Comprehensive Data on Voting in the United States

From a Summary:

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) has released the results of its 2014 Election Administration and Voting Survey (EAVS). The report represents the most comprehensive set of data regarding election administration across the United States.

For the first time, EAC is presenting the information in one all-inclusive report that includes data on the ability of civilian, military and overseas citizens to register to vote and successfully cast a ballot. The 2014 survey is the sixth conducted by EAC and covers the 2-year period from the November 2012 elections through the November 2014 elections. It is based on the results of a survey of all States, the District of Columbia, and four territories.

The report offers a number of observations and recommendations, based on the data and experience of the states, regarding ways to enhance the efficiency with which elections are administered and to improve how the data regarding those elections are reported to the EAC.

  • According to the data submitted by the States and territories, 81,133,122 individuals participated in the 2014 election.
  • Of the more than 81 million people who turned out to vote in 2014, over 60% voted at the polls, 17.5% voted a domestic absentee ballot, and 10.7% voted early (prior to Election Day).
  • States reported counting 98.2% of the domestic absentee ballots submitted. The most common reason for absentee ballot rejection was a missed deadline for returning the ballot, followed by invalid signatures.
  • A total of 892,202 provisional ballots were submitted according to the States and territories. 80.3% of those ballots were counted in whole or in part. Of the 171,443 that were not counted, the most common reason was because the voter was not properly registered.
  • In 2014, States operated 178,636 precincts and over 114,000 physical polling places. States employed almost 731,000 poll workers on Election Day. The largest number of poll workers ranged from 41 to 70 years of age.

Direct to Report and Datasets (PDF Report Also Embedded at Bottom of this Post)

2014 Election Administration and Voting Survey (EAVS) by LJ’s infoDOCKET

See Also: New from U.S. Census: “Who Votes? Congressional Elections and the American Electorate: 1978-2014″

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) 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 Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.