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Election Official Report – Stakeholder Language

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Key Findings

    • Turnover has increased steadily since 2000, reaching a peak in 2022. Turnover has grown from 28% in 2004 to 39% in 2022, a 38% increase.
    • Turnover has roots in both long-standing and contemporary challenges. Turnover has increased across regions, counties and municipalities, and in small and large jurisdictions for both elected and appointed election officials.
    • Long-term increases in turnover have been limited to small jurisdictions, while recent increases are mostly in large jurisdictions.
    • In 2024, 65% of local election officials have experience administering at least one presidential election. New election officials have an average of eight years previous experience running elections, and that figure jumps to 11 years in large jurisdictions.

BPC: @BPC_Bipartisan | Authors: @RachelOrey, @danmthomp, and @Jferrer505

  • 65% of local election officials in 2024 have previous experience administering a presidential election.

A new @BPC_Bipartisan report explores election official turnover in all 50 states since 2000. https://bipartisanpolicy.org/report/election-official-turnover-rates-from-2000-2024

  • How can policymakers help build a more professionalized and resilient elections workforce?

A new @BPC_Bipartisan report examines churn among election officials since 2000 and outlines recommendations to remedy the chronic and emerging roots of turnover. https://bipartisanpolicy.org/report/election-official-turnover-rates-from-2000-2024

  • Election official turnover rates have been increasing gradually for two decades, via a new @BPC_Bipartisan report.

The findings draw on an original analysis of officials in 6,000+ jurisdictions across 50 states by @RachelOrey, @danmthomp, and @Jferrer505. https://bipartisanpolicy.org/report/election-official-turnover-rates-from-2000-2024

  • Across all types of communities, turnover among elected officials has been increasing steadily for over two decades.

Explore more insights from the first 50-state analysis of local election official turnover rates in a new @BPC_Bipartisan report. https://bipartisanpolicy.org/report/election-official-turnover-rates-from-2000-2024

  • A new @BPC_Bipartisan report analyzes turnover among local election officials across all 50 states over two decades.

Now more than ever, election officials need consistent and dependable support to administer secure and efficient elections. https://bipartisanpolicy.org/report/election-official-turnover-rates-from-2000-2024

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BPC: Bipartisan Policy Center | Authors: Rachel Orey, Dan Thompson, and Joshua Ferrer

The first 50-state analysis of local election official turnover reveals that turnover has been steadily increasing for two decades, with only a slight uptick after the 2020 election.

The findings, which draw on an original dataset covering 18,644 local election officials in 6,290 jurisdictions across all 50 states since 2000, are summarized in a new @Bipartisan Policy Center report written in collaboration with @Dan Thompson and @Joshua Ferrer of UCLA.

Despite gradually increasing turnover, the report underscores reasons to be confident in the election administration in 2024. As of January, 65% of election officials have experience administering at least one presidential election, and even new officials have an average of eight years previous experience running elections. That rises to 11 years in large jurisdictions.

More consistent funding would allow local election offices to strengthen the training, capacity, and safety of officials in a critical election year. Explore the report’s recommendations for addressing the chronic and emerging roots of election official turnover and promoting a more professionalized and resilient elections workforce.

https://bipartisanpolicy.org/report/election-official-turnover-rates-from-2000-2024