About the DF/RC Survey of Local Election Officials

About the Survey

The 2019 Survey of Local Election Officials is the second annual collaboration between the Early Voting Information Center at Reed College and Democracy Fund. We are using this survey to lift up local election officials’ voices in national, regional, and state conversations about election administration, integrity, and conduct. The survey provides local officials with an important, timely, and respectfully brief opportunity to weigh in on issues of concern in the profession.

The results of our 2018 survey have been made available from Democracy Fund.

Confidentiality and Security

This project has been approved by the Reed College Institutional Review Board and has been certified as meeting all ethical guidelines for research. All responses to the survey will remain strictly confidential. Neither individual names nor jurisdiction names will be released, and only aggregate group characteristics will be published.

As an additional layer of privacy, all completed surveys are identified by a random identification code. Survey responses are stored separately from any identifying information. Democracy Fund will make the results of the survey available on its website in the weeks after the survey results have been analyzed.

Our Team

The principal investigators for this project are Dr. Paul Gronke and Natalie Adona. Administrative support for the survey is provided by the EVIC team and Dr. Evan Crawford.

Dr. Paul Gronke is a professor of Political Science at Reed College. In 2005, Dr. Gronke established the Early Voting Information Center. EVIC searches for common sense, non-partisan solutions to identified problems in election administration that are backed by solid empirical evidence and tailored to the conditions of the time and jurisdiction, and that may or may not include the administration of early voting. EVIC has worked with a number of state and local governments, Secretaries of State and state election directors, federal agencies, and non-profit organization, mostly but not exclusively related to early voting and social scientific research on election administration. Dr. Gronke has published more than three dozen peer-reviewed articles, monographs, and reports on topics ranging from public opinion and trust in government, public opinion about government use of torture, congressional elections, early and no-excuse absentee voting, and automatic voter registration. Dr. Gronke is a graduate of the University of Chicago and holds an MA from the University of Essex and a PhD from the University of Michigan. 

Natalie Adona is the Senior Research and Learning Associate for the Elections Program at the Democracy Fund. Focusing on modern elections and the role of money in politics, Natalie supports the Elections Program in their mission to ensure that the views and votes of citizens come first in our democracy. Natalie has worked in the DC area as a law clerk for the Fair Elections Legal Network, Project Vote, and DB Capitol Strategies. A former poll worker trainer in the San Francisco Bay Area, Natalie’s primary interests are in election administration and the use of strict precinct requirements in provisional voting. Natalie is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and the American University, where she holds a Juris Doctorate from the Washington College of Law and a MPA from the School of Public Affairs.

Dr. Evan Crawford is an Assistant Professor at the University of San Diego, and formerly a Visiting Scholar at Reed College (2017-2018). Evan’s research interests are elections and voting behavior, state and local politics, educational policy, and experimental methods. Evan is a graduate of the University of Florida and earned his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2018).

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