How U.S. Elections Work, Trust in Elections

Election Security and Voting Fact Sheets and One-Pagers

To inform and empower voters and increase civic engagement, we need to do more to share easy-to-understand information about how our elections work and how they are secured – and we need to reach people where they are – in barbershops and in church, in schools and community centers, and on TikTok and beyond. This will also help combat misinformation and will also enable individuals to become election information ambassadors in their own communities.

Below are some fact sheets and templates that help explain how elections work and are secured, which can be models for other jurisdictions to create their own.

  • The Election Assistance Commission (EAC) has created a pamphlet template that visually depicts the different parts of the election process and the security involved in each step.

  • Alaska Division of Elections has created two fact sheets outlining complex election topics, providing voters with clear and concise information to navigate the electoral process with confidence and understanding. 
  • Kansas Department of State created a page called Kansas Elections 101 that provides information and details about the election process in Kansas, including engaging graphics on federal and state election laws, election security, election equipment, voter registration, and other election resources.

  • North Carolina has a webpage dedicated to education and information on election security, with detailed explainers of North Carolina’s voting processes, as well as ways voters can help elections remain secure. 

  • Ohio has created a PDF explainer of the elements that make their elections secure, such as certified voting equipment, safely secured voting equipment, equipment testing, and safely secured ballots.
  • Pennsylvania – These two fact sheets from Pitt Cyber and Committee of 70 describe clearly Pennsylvania’s processes in place every election to ensure election security and integrity: 
  • South Dakota’s Secure Elections One Pager clarifies what makes their elections safe and secure, including certified voting equipment, safely stored voting equipment, safely secured ballots, and voting equipment that is not connected to the internet. Additionally, the Guide to Understanding Secure Elections in S.D.provides a guide with easy-to-understand details about election security processes in South Dakota.

  • Utah’s Securing Utah’s Elections handout created by Utah election officials provides easy-to-understand details on all the different processes in place to secure elections in Utah.

  • Washington State created a one-page fact sheet explaining the process of voting by mail in the state. The flyer covers voting by mail’s history in the state, how voting by mail works, how ballots are processed, and the benefits and challenges of voting by mail.

  • Wisconsin created a one-page explainer to outline 10 different ways the state makes absentee ballot voting secure, including voter information verification, certification of voting equipment and the requirement of a witness to certify the ballot