This online event was held on September 7, 2016, and was convened by the Ash Center's Government Innovators Network and the Center for Technology and Civic Life. Visit this page to view the slide presentations related to this event.

Local election officials are where the rubber meets the road in our electoral process. But there are so few resources focused on helping officials keep pace with technology and improve communication with voters.

The Election Toolkit from the Center for Technology and Civic Life is an online library of tech resources, including tools like a Twitter guide, a free app to measure voter wait times, tools for publishing real-time election results, and a collection of civic icons. All of the tools in the Toolkit are either free or low-cost and come paired with step-by-step instructions, making them usable by any election official, regardless of their budget or technical ability.

During this webinar, we heard more about the Toolkit from some of the folks who helped create it. And while the tool instructions are written for election officials, we’ve heard from people who found the Toolkit valuable in other civic engagement work. Be sure to join the conversation on Twitter using #ElectionTools.

The Election Toolkit can be found here:

About the Election Toolkit: The Toolkit is supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s News Challenge on Elections which funds breakthrough ideas to better inform voters and increase civic participation before, during and after elections. For more information, visit

It is created by the Center for Technology and Civic Life, in partnership with the Center for Civic Design, the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections, the Inyo County Clerk-Recorder-Registrar, and the Suburban Cook County Clerk.