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Election Data Summit  


The U.S. Election Assistance Commission and Pennsylvania Department of State will host an Election Data Summit at the Community College of Philadelphia from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 12, 2018. The gathering will take place prior to the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) and National Association of State Election Directors (NASED) summer conferences in Philadelphia. This unique summit will bring together some of the nation's most respected election data experts to examine ways election officials can use all types of data to improve processes and inform decision making. Each of the summit's four panels will focus on a distinct aspect of the election cycle and explore different sources for election data, including voter registration databases, electronic poll books, voting equipment, and post-election audits. 

This event is open to the public and the media. RSVPs are required and space is limited. Additional information regarding speakers is forthcoming.




Event Details 


Hosted by the Pennsylvania Department of State and the U.S. Election Assistance Commission

July 12, 2018
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Community College of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA  

Tentative Agenda

Election Data Summit Draft Agenda (PDF)



 ​Time ​Session Information
​ 9:00 a.m. ​Welcome and Opening Remarks
​ 9:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. ​Panel 1: Voter Registration
Voter registration data is the backbone of election information. In light of recent trends towards modernizing voter registration systems and processes and increased sharing of registration data among states, this panel will explore how voter registration data is used, collected, and shared.
10:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.​ ​Break
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.​ ​Panel 2: Election Day Preparation
A lot goes into preparing for Election Day, especially when Election Day can be a weeks-long event with early voting now available in many states. Panelists will discuss using data to recruit poll workers, identify polling sites, and distribute voting machines and other resources.
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.​ ​Lunch (on your own)
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.​ ​Panel 3: Election Day
Election Day is the culmination of months of preparation. This panel will look at many Election-Day data sources including electronic poll books, line management tools, and voter call-in centers. Additionally with millions of voters now casting their ballots by mail, other sources of data and tools such as mail ballot trackers and electronic signature verification will be discussed.
3:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.​ ​Break
3:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.​ ​Panel 4: Post Election
The data source voters and candidates typically care most about is of course the ballot count. However, election officials have many other data sources and tools at their disposal to inform their post-election processes and review exercises. Panelists will discuss post-election data sources including post-election audits, provisional ballot resolution tools, and after-action reports and evaluations.
4:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.​ Closing remarks