The Voting Information Project (VIP)
In 2008, a Pew Charitable Trusts report found that although millions of voters search online for information about elections, no standardized, reliable source existed for voters to obtain basic Election Day information.
VIP was created to address this need as a joint effort of state and local officials, the Pew Charitable Trusts, and Google to bring official voting information to voters via the Internet.
We at Democracy Works are the data and technology geeks for this project, working to collect official, verified state election data and standardize it into a national dataset. This data is then released publicly, allowing developers to leverage the power of the Internet to provide easily accessible elections information to the public. VIP makes sure that official, verified elections data is distributed through a variety of channels, so whether voters turn to Facebook or CNN for their answers, Americans can easily find accurate and up-to-date voting information.