2014 Election Data Now Available

Just seven months after the 2014 midterm elections ended, The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) released its comprehensive data on voting in the United States. The EAC is an independent, bipartisan commission serving as a national clearinghouse of information on election administration. Each election cycle the commission carries out the national election administration survey. In 2014, the survey included figures from the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA, or “motor voter”) and the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA).

Listed below are more of the report’s key findings.

  • 81,133,122 individuals participated in the 2014 election.
  • States and territories reported counting 98.2% of the domestic absentee ballots submitted. The most common reason for absentee ballot rejection was a missed deadline for returning the ballot, followed by invalid signatures.
  • 892,202 provisional ballots were submitted according to the States and territories. 80.3% of those ballots were counted in whole or in part. Of the 171,443 that were not counted, the most common reason was because the voter was not properly registered to vote.

NVRA: Key Report Findings

  • 33 States reported receiving voter registration applications over the Internet.
  • Internet applications accounted for 6.5% of the total number received, up from 1.7% in 2010.
  • States found invalid or otherwise rejected over 984,000 voter registration applications, a decrease from the 1.3 million voter registration applications that were rejected in 2010.
  • States removed over 14.8 million voters from voter registration lists. The NVRA allows states to remove voters who have not voted in two consecutive federal general elections and failed to respond to a confirmation notice from an elections office.

UOCAVA: Key Report Findings

  • States transmitted 420,094 ballots to UOCAVA-covered voters for the 2014 election, with just over half (51.4%) going to civilian citizens living overseas. Another 46.0% went to uniformed services members.
  • Of the UOCAVA ballots transmitted, 34.6% (145,509) were returned and submitted for counting, which is an increase from the 30.2% in 2010.
  • States reported counting 137,683 UOCAVA ballots, or 94.6% of the total submitted for counting.

For those pushing for facilitated internet voting registration, the 2014 midterm election demonstrated  steady gains. The Department of Defense’s Federal Voting Assistance Program is claiming a success as well, but continues its engagements as there is a great amount of work still left to be done. Analysis of the election report numbers is in the early stages, and further research is sure to be revealed in coming weeks. 

The Election Academy also provides a briefing of the report on their webpage.