Elections are a critical part of our democracy. At Fors Marsh Group (FMG), improving elections across the United States and globe is integral to our mission of making an impact on the world.
Our election administration experts have been at the forefront of Congressionally-mandated efforts aimed at improving the election process in America. We have conducted large-scale initiatives focused on increasing the accuracy of election data, improving the Election Administration and Voting Survey (EAVS), shaping educational programs serving American students, and increasing awareness of the voter registration process for overseas voters.
We are experts in our fields and nationally recognized thought leaders who have worked collaboratively with the top Federal and private organizations in the elections space with a common goal—making an impact on American democracy.
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Examples of Impact
Recently completed projects include:
Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP)
Increased awareness of the voter registration and ballot casting process requirements for participating in U.S. elections when living overseas. FMG conducted formative research with Americans living abroad and military Service members that was used to create an educational campaign using paid, earned and social media, direct mail, video and print to reach these audiences.
The Council of State Governments (CSG)
Initiated a national program to standardize and increase the accuracy of election data collection by state and local governments through the Overseas Voting Initiative (OVI).
Freedom Forum Institute
Shaped educational programs serving American students, professionals and citizens through a national survey measuring Americans' understanding and attitudes of the five freedoms of the First Amendment for the Institute's annual State of the First Amendment report.
U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC)
Launched innovative national training and data collection methods improving the completeness of responses for the congressionally-mandated Election Administration and Voting Survey (EAVS), the largest U.S. survey of election administration activities.
whitepaper: How Can States Increase Voter Turnout?
To increase turnout, states will often implement policy change to make registering to vote easier. The intention is that if voting registration obstacles are removed, more people will register and vote.
To investigate whether or not this was an effective solution, Fors Marsh Group’s (FMG) Dr. Carl Turner, Senior Scientist, leveraged data from the Election Assistance Commission’s (EAC) 2016 Election Administration and Voting Survey (EAVS) to measure and predict the participation rates states can expect when they remove registration obstacles and increase registration rates.