Washington, DC – The Bipartisan Policy Center today announced it has partnered with Facebook to supply important and impartial information about the voting process and the 2020 election to users of the social media platform through a new Voting Information Center, launched today.
Facebook will use content authored by BPC to provide Facts About Voting dealing with the election date, voting by mail, how and where to check your registration status, and other critical topics as voters navigate this unprecedented election. The information will also be used to help counter the spread of misinformation in the run-up to the election.
“The keys to a functioning democracy are that every eligible voter has the opportunity to participate and the election outcome is trusted and accepted by candidates and the general public,” said BPC President Jason Grumet. “In a moment of information overload, BPC welcomes the opportunity to provide voters with unbiased facts about the election process.”
Election integrity and voter access have been core to BPC’s work for many years. Recently, BPC has worked with numerous state and local election officials, including elected secretaries of state, to support effective election administration, which will be even more essential than ever this year. BPC’s Task Force on Elections released in January 2020 a report with recommendations to improve the voting experience from voter registration to casting a ballot through counting the votes.
In partnership with MIT, BPC also launched the largest-ever scientific study of voting wait times during the 2016 election. The 2018 voting lines report included tracking waits at 3,119 polling places in 211 jurisdictions across 11 states and the District of Columbia. BPC found that the average wait time was 8.9 minutes, but 4.8% of precincts saw wait times that exceeded 30 minutes and 1.5% exceeded an hour. Voters in majority Black precincts waited far longer, on average, than white voters to cast their ballots.