Recent Enhancements to ElectionGuide.org

Recent Enhancements to ElectionGuide.org

March 19, 2020, 6 a.m.

Recent Enhancements to the ElectionGuide Website


Elections and COVID-19

Best Practices

As the world reacts to a new pandemic (COVID-19), it is essential that election management bodies (EMBs) and public authorities around the world make sensible and well-informed decisions regarding whether and how to hold scheduled electoral activities. IFES has gathered a series of recommendations to guide EMB planning and implementation of electoral events during this period that is informed by general guidance issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and best practices issued by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC). These recommendations are also informed by IFES’ engagement with EMBs around the world who have conducted electoral processes during public health crises.

Elections Postponements

Facing public health concerns, elections around the world have been postponed due to COVID-19. IFES has called upon its global network of election authorities, local partners and field offices to aggregate the latest information on election postponements and adjusted election dates. This resource will be regularly updated as we surface new information. Please note, this list is intended to be an informative resource but may not be comprehensive. Given the rapid evolution of the election landscape, this list has not been subject to the stringent verification standards we use for standard ElectionGuide data. Please contact IFES at ElectionGuide@ifes.org if you have knowledge of additional election postponements or believe any data in this resource to be inaccurate.

Data Collection Expansion

In December 2020, IFES partnered with Facebook to increase ElectionGuide’s capacity to provide more comprehensive election data. These expanded efforts include the collection of additional data points, more frequent data updates, and higher quality verification measures over the one-year project period.

  • Additional data points include information on campaign silence periods, candidate registration deadlines, minimum voting ages, mandated election start dates, accessibility guidelines, and more.

  • These additional data fields have been collected by IFES Legal Researchers. Each country’s data points will be sent for review to the respective EMB, as well as to a relevant civil society organization in-country.  

These expanded data points will be featured on ElectionGuide beginning in April 2020.

In addition to supporting ElectionGuide’s mission to provide reliable election information to the public, this data will support Facebook’s ongoing civic integrity research aimed at understanding the role of its platforms in elections across the world.

To learn more about ElectionGuide, please visit the About section of our webpage.

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