Civic Engagement Toolkit for Local Election Officials

Center for Technology and Civic Life

Date Awarded
Grant Period
07/22/15 to 01/17/18
Focus Area
Media Innovation
Knight News Challenge

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  • Chicago, IL

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Helping local governments more easily engage with communities by developing a civic engagement toolkit for election offices,including website templates,icons and illustrations that provide visual guides for information seekers,wait-time calculators and other tools.

Local governments produce information that is important to voters. However, there are few communications avenues for people to access this information and engage with their local governments to help shape policy and decision-making. To tackle this issue, the Center for Technology and Civic Life will develop a civic engagement toolkit, designed in concert with local election officials. The kit will include a set of tools for election offices such as an election website template, visual icons and illustrations, resource allocation calculators, and other tools. It will help local officials identify how to best use communication tools, and measure the reach and impact of the information they are sharing.

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Project Team

Tiana Epps-Johnson

Project lead: Whitney May (@whitneymaybe) Whitney May is Director of Government Services at the Center for Technology and Civic Life. Her primary focus is on ELECTricity, a learning community of local election administrators who use technology to improve our democracy.

Tiana Epps-Johnson (@tianaej) Tiana Epps-Johnson is the Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Technology and Civic Life. Prior to CTCL, she was the New Organizing Institute's Election Administration Director.

Whitney Quesenbery (@whitneyq, @civicdesign) Whitney Quesenbery is co-director for the Center for Civic Design, which wants every interaction with government to be an easy, effective experience. The Center is the home of the Field Guides to Ensuring Voter Intent, and the Anywhere Ballot.

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