There is much to be celebrated in the almost 250 years of American democracy, but perhaps nothing more so than the continual drive among its citizens for a more perfect union. The task of building and enhancing an elections system to represent and serve as diverse a citizenry as the United States is both daunting and essential.
Hewlett’s Trustworthy Elections strategy makes grants to ensure that U.S. elections are secure, accessible, and worthy of the public’s trust. We support professionally managed elections in which officials are equipped to communicate effectively with the public, every eligible voter regardless of race, political ideology, or geography can readily access trusted election information and easily cast a ballot, and in which all citizens both believe and abide by the results of the election as free and fair.
Specifically, grants in this portfolio support organizations that try to boost the public’s trust in elections in at least one of three ways: (1) countering disinformation’s impact on elections; (2) strengthening public funding of elections and nonpartisan election administration; and (3) increasing access to voting for every eligible voter, including those who have historically been marginalized in our political system.
Because this strategy centers on voters, it is designed to build on principles of trust. And while some aspects of trust will always remain intrinsic to human behavior, others shift with our social and political contexts over time. That is why we have designed the strategy to teach us over time. As opportunities in the electoral landscape change, and as we learn more about how to help all eligible voters participate in elections, we expect the strategy to shift in parts.