Ash Democracy and Technology Fellow Tiana Epps-Johnson Launches Digital Toolkit for Election Officials

June 16, 2016
Tiana Epps-Johnson
Tiana Epps-Johnson, a Technology and Democracy Fellow at the Ash Center built a digital toolkit for election officials.

Cambridge, MA --  Tiana Epps-Johnson, a Technology and Democracy Fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, a leading research center at the Harvard Kennedy School, today launched the Election Toolkit for local officials administering elections across the United States.

The Election Toolkit, developed in part during Epps-Johnson's tenure as a fellow at the Ash Center and with the financial support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation will serve as an online clearinghouse of resources for the 2016 General Election and beyond.  The Toolkit will include website templates, data tools, civic icons, and other digital resources to allow local election officials to better distribute nonpartisan election information in their communities.

“Local election officials are a trusted source of nonpartisan election information, but they often lack the tech resources to ensure that all voters have access to the information they need to cast an informed ballot,” said Epps-Johnson.  “Elections are the heart of our democracy, and the idea behind the Election Toolkit is that any local election official, regardless of their tech background, should have the tools and skills to effectively engage with their communities.”

In addition to her fellowship at the Ash Center, Epps-Johnson is the Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Technology and Civic Life. Prior to CTCL, she was the New Organizing Institute's Election Administration Director. Epps-Johnson and her team provide resources and training to support local election officials in modernizing the ways they communicate with voters. They also publish free, open-source civic datasets that have been accessed over 60 million times through some of the most powerful tools that drive civic participation.

“My fellowship at the Ash Center was an amazing opportunity to build community with other civic technologists who are committed to using technology to strengthen our democracy. And having the opportunity to work with so many students at the Kennedy School who have a demonstrated passion for civic engagement was inspiring.”

About the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation
The Roy and Lila Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation advances excellence and innovation in governance and public policy through research, education, and public discussion. Three major programs support our mission: the Program on Democratic Governance, the Innovations in Government Program, and the Rajawali Foundation Institute for Asia. For more information, visit ash.harvard.edu

Contact Information:
Daniel Harsha
Associate Director for Communications
Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation
Harvard Kennedy School
Daniel_Harsha@hks.harvard.edu
617-495-4347