Down Ballots2022-2023

Most newsrooms offer live election coverage as vote totals become available, but there’s no easy way to get live, hyper-local tallies, which means that editors and designers are forced to focus on covering only the most high-profile races. This leaves community members unable to receive coverage of ‘down-ballot’ races in smaller municipalities. Down Ballots seeks to create a tool that will ingest hyper-local vote totals and quickly generate dynamic visualizations for live election coverage. The team’s goal is to refine its existing prototype for use in the 2022 Midterm Elections and partner with 20+ newsrooms in California, Texas, and Connecticut who will use the system for live election visualizations.

The Team