The Voting Information Project (VIP) works with states to provide official information to voters about where to vote and what’s on their ballots. VIP is a partnership between The Pew Charitable Trusts, Google, and the states to ensure that voters have the official information they need to answer basic questions like "Where is my polling place?" What's on my ballot?" and "How do I navigate the voting process?"
VIP uses an open format to make election data available and accessible, bringing cutting edge technology to ensure that all eligible Americans have the information they need to cast a ballot.
In October 2008, The Pew Charitable Trusts published "Being Online is Not Enough." The report found that although millions of people went online in search of answers to their questions about the general election, no standardized, reliable source existed for voters to obtain basic Election Day information. To address this need, VIP was created as a joint effort of state and local officials, The Pew Charitable Trusts, and Google to bring official voting information to voters via the Internet.
You may find where you vote by using our Voting Information Tool located here. All you’ll need to do is enter your address.
VIP also offers free apps and tools that provide polling place locations and ballot information across a range of technology platforms including free Android and iOS mobile apps, and a text-based service. For more information about VIP or any of these tools, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The VIP project team consists of elections administration experts, engineers, and data professionals at The Pew Charitable Trusts, Google, and at partner organizations across the country. Zach Markovits is the project lead at Pew and can be reached via email at email@example.com.
No. We encourage anyone interested in using the VIP data to access it for free through Google’s Civic Information API, however the raw data are also available for free. Should you be interested in using it, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for instructions.
The best way to offer important voting information is to embed the Voting Information Tool on your website. It is open source and easy to drop in. If you want to develop your own tool, we encourage you to use the Google Civic Information API, powered by VIP’s data. You can learn about the VIP format by reviewing the XML specification and joining the VIP Community Google Group for developers and information distributors.
No. VIP only incorporates public, non-personally identifiable information, and delivers voting information solely based on address and no other information.