A Handy Guide To Trusted Online Resources For Election Officials

As an election official, you juggle multiple priorities on a daily basis with limited resources. Additionally, you are also responsible for providing current and up-to-date election information to your constituents.

#TrustedInfo2022 is an initiative sponsored by the National Association of Secretaries of State. Highlighting state and local election officials as trusted sources for credible and verified election information is key to combating vote disinformation and other issues. Having a go-to repository of online links is a key first step.

Recommended by state election sites such as the National Association of State Election Directors and other non-partisan election organizations, these resources cover everything from the basics of voting law to a comprehensive handbook, security posture playbooks developed by the Harvard Belfore School of Government and more.

At the end of this post, we’ve provided bookmarks, organized by topic, for easy access.

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For Federal Legislation and resources

For Continuing Education and Professional certification

  • Site: Verified Voting
  • How it can help: Verified Voting is a non-partisan non-profit organization that advocates for legislation and regulation that promotes accuracy, transparency and verifiability of elections.
  • Site: U.S. Election Assistance Commission
  • How it can help: The EAC serves as a national clearinghouse of information on election administration and also charged with developing guidance to meet HAVA requirements, adopting voluntary voting system guidelines.

For Election Security

  • Site: The Election Officials’ Handbook
  • How it can help: This handbook provides a list of steps that local election officials can implement at relatively little cost to fortify their elections systems.
  • Site: The Center for Internet Security
  • How it can help: From the Election Center, this site contains resources to help state and local election officials understand what to focus on, know how to prioritize and parse the enormous amount of guidance available on protecting IT-related systems.

For constituents

  • Site: The Voting Information Project
  • How it can help: The Voting Information Project (VIP) is a partnership of Democracy Works and the states to provide official information to voters about where to vote and what’s on their ballots where they look for it most—online

General Resources

  • Site: The Election Center
  • How it can help: The Election Center exists to promote, preserve, and continuously improve the electoral process. It is the only organization in the US to focus exclusively on the elections profession. It contains extensive resources on National Associations, the Federal Voting Assistance program and much more.
  • Site: The Federal Voting Assistance Program
  • How it can help: Information and resources on FVAP- an organization that woorks to ensure service members, their eligible family members, and overseas citizens are aware of their right to vote and have the tools and resources to successfully do so from anywhere in the world.
  • Site:The Department of Justice Voting Rights Section
  • How it can help: From the Department of Justice, this site oversees various aspects of the elections process, including the Help America Vote Act (HAVA).