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Elections in America, by the Numbers

September 29, 2020

More than 10,000 elections are held in an average year in the U.S.

On any given Tuesday — or other days of the week — there is an election being held somewhere in the U.S. And elections are not one-day events — they are processes that involve significant preparation by many dedicated people.

Why so many elections?

There are more than half a million elected officials in the United States.

Elections are different from place to place:

There are more than 8,000 jurisdictions with different systems and methods of voting.

Elections are local:

Each state has a chief election authority. Elections are usually administered at the county level.

Information is current as of April 2020. Data: 1. National Conference of State Legislators; 2. National Association of Counties; 3. Federal Voting Assistance Program 4. 2018 EAC Election Administration Voting Survey