The 2020 election season saw dramatic changes and interruptions to business as usual. What lessons can we bring forward from such a unique year?

Lessons Learned from the 2020 Election

About the Report

The 2020 primaries and presidential election took place against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, which necessitated changes to how states planned and held their elections, and how they protected voters, poll workers, and administrators.

From political and institutional battles over procedural changes, to record-high turnout levels, administering elections in 2020 proved to be a series of anticipated - and unanticipated - challenges. Surges in voting by mail meant many states were breaking new ground; maintaining access to in-person voting also proved uniquely challenging during a global pandemic. Our new report looks at how well the challenges of 2020 were met, from the first primary election to the last vote counted. It also examines the technologies employed, the costs involved in running elections, and the confidence voters ultimately had in the results.

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Lessons Learned from the 2020 Election will be released in early September, 2021.

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