During the course of 2017, FFEC will look into a number of issues of concern involving the 2016 presidential election. Visit this page to find information posted about the following topics:
HACKING & DISINFORMATION: Did a foreign government choose our president? What is the evidence? How can we tell the facts from propaganda? How can we protect our elections from cyber-warfare?
INACCURATE PREDICTIONS & THEIR EFFECT ON THE OUTCOME: Leading up to and throughout Election Day, the media, polls, and statistical models confidently projected a Clinton victory. How did the experts get it so wrong? Does the difference between predictions and results cast doubt on the integrity of the vote? Did the predictions themselves influence the outcome?
What the Polls & Projections Missed in Florida: Themselves, An Open Letter to Pollsters & Media.Up until Election Day, the polls & predictions were right about Florida--Clinton was winning handily. But that changed drastically on Election Day. Based on an examination of election data from three south Florida counties, this new FFEC report concludes that the polls & projections themselves, as presented by the media, undermined the Clinton victory they so confidently predicted.
"Real-Time Election Day Projections a Truly Bad Idea." In mid-September, FFEC research director Kitty Garber spoke to Larry Norden of the Brennan Center about recently revealed plans for new company called VoteCastr to publish projections in real-time during election day. Like many others, Garber was deeply concerned that the planned project had the potential for disaster. As a follow-up to that conversation, she sent this brief opinion piece (linked above) for Norden to share as he saw fit. Its predictions now seem eerily prescient.
VOTER FRAUD & VOTER SUPPRESSION: What about claims that millions of non-citizens voted in 2016? Will these allegations be used to disenfranchise minority voters? What can be done to clean up the rolls without jeopardizing the rights of legitimate voters?
States Should Refuse Request for Private Voter Data.July 3, 2017. Like most of the country's election integrity and voting rights organizations, FFEC believes that the states should refuse a request from a presidential commission for private voter data beyond what is publicly available. Read why we think the states have the right to withhold the information and why we suspect the commission may use false assertions about voter fraud to justify new restrictions on voter registration and participation.
This short report summarizes the findings from our 2009 report on excessive overvoting on the DS200 in Florida's 2008 presidential election and recommends immediate changes to avoid massive voter disenfranchisement again in 2010.