Center for the Study of Voting, Elections, and Democracy

The purpose of the Center for the Study of Voting, Elections, and Democracy (C-SVED) is to promote the non-partisan study and evaluation of how elections are conducted, the role of technology, the identification of best practices in election administration as well as the effects of various approaches to election administration and electoral rules upon the quality of representation within democracies.

It promotes the integration of insights from multiple disciplines, including political science, law, computer science, geography, public administration and accounting, to study the administration, security, and transparency of elections.

Its activities include the development of educational programs, providing expert advice to policy makers and public agencies, and the public dissemination of state-of-the-art knowledge regarding the conduct of elections.

The Center’s research, education and advisory programs are international in nature focusing on projects in the United States, other developed democracies, and developing democracies where the successful and transparent conduct of elections is critical to the formation of democratic institutions.