Good data is the basis of good policymaking. In the elections area, a lack of data has often left policy makers and election officials without the tools necessary to assess successes and failures in the field. Data for Democracy - Improving Elections through Metrics and Measurement, a compendium of research that grew out of a Pew Center on the States and JEHT foundation-sponsored conference, begins to look at how data is collected in the field. It highlights states that do a robust job of colleting and reporting data, examines challenges faced in data collection in the field and assesses the diversity of data and data collection mechanisms among local governments.
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