Ensuring a Full and Fair Count

Election Protection

Our voices matter, our votes will be counted, and our democracy will prevail.

Vote by mail is safe and secure, and we’ve always used it. That’s how our soldiers overseas vote. But there are many more mailed votes this year, and it may take time to count all of them.

That’s OK — no state has ever completed its count on election night. Our law recognizes that it takes time to ensure all lawful votes are counted and the result is accurate.

The resources on this page are aimed at preparing AGs and other state and local officials to protect a full and fair count.

Messaging One Pager: Election Night and Beyond

This tool helps officials communicate with the public about the importance of counting every lawful vote.

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Polling: The American People Strongly Support Counting Every Vote

This original research memo from VPP’s pollster, Mark Mellman, shows that Americans strong support counting every lawful vote.

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Protecting the Count

Written collaboratively with policing experts, this guidance helps law enforcement officers understand how to protect the integrity of ballot counting while preserving public safety and respecting the First Amendment.

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Preparing for and Managing Demonstrations

Written collaboratively with policing experts, this guidance helps law enforcement officers prepare for and successfully manage demonstrations around the elections, protecting public safety and the First Amendment.

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When Can a State Regulate Poll Observers?

This legal memo discusses when and how the government can regulate poll watchers who seek to observe absentee ballot counting.

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