The MIT Election Data and Science Lab manages the Survey of the Performance of American Elections (SPAE). This is the beginning of a series on the survey and the value of the data it collects.

Our post today was penned by Cameron Wimpy, who is the Research Director at the MIT Election Data and Science Lab.

The Survey of the Performance of American Elections (SPAE) is one of the most valuable data sources for studying election administration in the U.S. In this series we will be exploring the SPAE from top to bottom and identifying some of the more interesting…


The MIT Election Data and Science Lab manages the Elections Performance Index (EPI), an objective, nonpartisan assessment tool evaluating U.S. election administration. Following the recent update to the index with data from 2016, we are dedicating a series of posts to exploring the EPI’s underpinnings.

Our post today was penned by Cameron Wimpy, who is the Research Director at the MIT Election Data and Science Lab.

Provisional ballots are one way of making sure that registered voters are allowed to participate in an election. In the event that there is some problem when the voter makes it to the polls…


The MIT Election Data and Science Lab manages the Elections Performance Index (EPI), an objective, nonpartisan assessment tool evaluating U.S. election administration. Following the recent update to the index with data from 2016, we are dedicating a series of posts to exploring the EPI’s underpinnings.

Our post today was penned by Cameron Wimpy, who is the Research Director at the MIT Election Data and Science Lab.

We do not rank the measures included on the Elections Performance Index (EPI) by importance or influence, but our indicator of data completeness provides the most complete look at data reporting and transparency among…


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Gerald Ford keeps watch over the vote tally for the Fifth District Republican Primary in 1948. (Wikimedia)

Among the many things we are doing at the MIT Election Lab, gathering, cleaning, and disseminating data are activities that never stop. We plan to make available to the public a variety of datasets that will provide context and clarity to the election results as they come in. These datasets are part of the public goods we provide to the election science community. We hope they will be widely used (with attribution, of course!).

I detail our plans for this effort below.

For starters, to help provide social context to the returns, we are producing a series of county-level demographic…


Because you can’t spell Election Data & Science Lab without it

Data is one of our main operations at the MIT Election Data and Science Lab — it’s in our name. Our goal is to be a reliable source for all types of data pertaining to elections in the U.S. This includes things you may expect, like election returns data, but over time we will also be publishing the 2016 version of the Elections Performance Index and other types of administrative data relating to elections.

Over the past year we have worked diligently to gather and publish high quality election returns data. So far, we’ve published House, Senate, and Presidential results…

Cameron Wimpy

Political Scientist and Research Director @MITelectionlab

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