GeoElections Project: Geographic Technology for Better Elections

Type of Activity: Project Grant
Grantee: National States Geographic Information Council 
Amount: Up to $300,000 in 2017

What is the GeoElections Project?

The GeoElections Project, lead by the National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC), aims to improve geographic technology for better elections. The effort will tap state-level geospatial information officers, election directors, and other subject matter experts to champion the use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) map technology. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are technologically advanced computer systems that use data to describe the earth’s surface and analyze the relationships between locations. Digital map representations of precinct boundaries are more transparent and easier to use for election administrative purposes. For this project, NSGIC will develop and promote best practices for replacing the current ‘street file’, a catalog of voter precinct assignments that requires correct addresses to be updated.

Why do we think this project is a good idea?

Democracy Fund Voice supports NSGIC’s efforts to facilitate the adoption of geographic information systems and related processes to enhance elections management and citizen engagement across the United States. By funding their project, we will be able to positively increase the quality of election administration for voters, candidates, and electoral management staff across the U.S. By providing additional states and localities with the information they require to utilize mapping technology, we believe this will lead to more accurate and accessible electoral databases and further innovate elections management best practices.

How is Voice supporting the project?

Democracy Fund Voice approved a grant to the National States Geographic Information Council in the amount of up to $300,000 to facilitate the adoption of geographic information systems and related processes to enhance elections management and citizen engagement across the United States.