The Foreign Press Centers are pleased to share with you U.S. elections resources.  This information is provided as a convenience, and the inclusion of an organization or activity does not imply partisan endorsement, approval, or recommendation. It is not exhaustive.  Descriptions provided by host organizations and external links found in this content should not be construed as an endorsement of the views or privacy policies contained therein.  If an RSVP or credential is required, you may not be allowed into the event without informing the organizers, as events may have limited in media space.  Please note that this information is subject to change.   

Tips on covering Election Day: 

  • Each of the 50 states has their own regulations regarding elections and electoral procedures.  For information on how to access polling places or on how local elections are administered, please contact the local election officials.  State election office websites can be found here: https://www.usa.gov/election-office.  State and local Democratic and Republican parties can also be a useful resource.  
  • Media are generally allowed to observe/film/photograph at a polling station as long as they remain a certain distance from the entrance.  Media are also free to interview voters outside posted limits after they have finished voting.  Please follow instructions from local polling administrators to avoid any misunderstandings.  https://www.rcfp.org/resources/election-legal-guide/#newsgathering-in-or-near-polling-places NOTE: The FPCs will likely also arrange Local Reporting Tours on Election Day to select Washington D.C. and New York-area polling sites, to facilitate the easiest possible access for photographers/videographers and reporters. 
  • Journalists should get on the email lists for the political parties and campaigns and RSVP directly to them for any events they may announce.  The state and local political parties are also a resource. 
     

Digital Resources: 

  • Media looking for non-partisan resources of election-related information may consult: 

Washington DC area -Based Resources: 

New York area -Based Resources: 

U.S. -Based Resources: 

Podcasts: 


Analysis of U.S. Elections: 

A comparison of election administration policy and performance across the states and from one election cycle to the next. The index presented is based on the 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2020 elections. 

Serving the research needs of social scientists, teachers, students, policy makers and journalists, the ANES produces data from its own surveys on voting, public opinion, and political participation. 

A nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping the world. It conducts public opinion polling, demographic research, media content analysis and other empirical social science research. Pew Research Center does not take policy positions. 

The CQ’s Voting and Elections Collection offers reference narratives and documents on elections, parties, voter behavior, and campaigns. Extract election results by: candidate, office, locality, and race type over time. Access U.S. election results across states with historical depth and accuracy.  

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