How Local Election Officials Can Strengthen Voter Trust in Elections
Public trust in the electoral process is critical to increasing voter participation and confidence in election outcomes. One way to bolster trust is by promoting transparency throughout the election process, while ensuring election operations run smoothly and efficiently. Voter education and outreach can increase understanding of how elections work and, as a result, build trust and confidence in the entire process.
The National Vote at Home Institute and The Carter Center are supporting election officials across the country as they work to prepare successful, high-confidence elections despite the challenges of the 2020 election. This how-to paper draws on best practices across the United States, offering simple steps election officials can take to enhance transparency and voter trust as they prepare for November, followed by case studies of four counties across the country implementing some of these practices and made their offices more transparent for voters.
Host tours of ballot printing and processing facilities for the public and community groups, the media, and candidates and campaigns. Broadcast tours on your website and allow for both remote and physically distanced public observation of Election Day processes.
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