In summer 2022, SSN launched its Election Enhancement and Protection Program. Recognizing how decentralized the U.S elections system is and the need to bridge the gap between researchers, community organizations, and practitioners, SSN put forth a call for proposals requesting groups of members and chapters with an interest in improving, increasing participation in, and building trust in elections. Through an extensive review process, a total of eight SSN Building Trust in Elections projects were selected.
SSN Election Protection & Enhancement Program
Strengthening Local Elections through the SSN Network
Bay Area: Driving Civic Engagement Among People in Jail
Informing people in custody about their legal right to register and vote promises to increase their trust in and engagement with the electoral system.
Confluence: Promoting Participation and Trust in St. Louis Elections
Building initiatives to promote voter participation and trust in elections in the St. Louis region by partnering with local election administrators.
Florida: Strengthening Local Knowledge about Elections
Supporting election officials by creating training materials and supporting outreach to foster an understanding of election administration.
Georgia: Communicating Local Election Processes to Build Trust
Raising awareness in Georgia of the actual administrative and technical processes that support and assure safe and trustworthy elections.
Maine: Understanding and Supporting Election Poll Workers
Enriching our understanding of the vital role of poll workers through a research-practice collaboration with organizations and officials in Maine.
Mississippi: Empowering Young Student Voters
Educating young student voters by partnering with local election officials to increase on-campus civic engagement and promote student voter participation.
San Diego: Identifying and Countering Election Disinformation
Creating a network of key civic engagement groups in order to counter disinformation that targets voters and identifying strategies to promote engagement.
Virgina: Building Trust in Elections
Tackling election distrust in Harrisonburg city and the surrounding Rockingham county by supporting initiatives that build trust in local elections.
If you have questions about the grants or the program overall, reach out to Britah Odondi, Voting & Election Policy Associate at [email protected].