On March 4, NSGIC launched five state-wide pilot studies across the nation, when state
geographic information officers (GIOs) and election directors (EDs) from Kentucky, Minnesota,
Nebraska, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia came together with subject matter experts to develop
plans for their respective three-month pilot projects.
Each state is committed to furthering the use of GIS in elections, and the pilot studies are designed to
support and record their experience as they tackle select next steps on that path.
Says Jamie Chesser, geospatial programs manager at NSGIC:
“It was a historic moment to have so many key stakeholders from five states in the same room laying
out plans and collaborating on how to overcome obstacles to making elections better with GIS. All of
these states are motivated to take advantage of the increased efficiency and risk reduction that using
GIS in elections offers, and are at various stages of implementation. We very much appreciate them
participating in this pilot study and then sharing their learnings, for the benefit of other states.”
The experiences of the five pilot states will help NSGIC refine the draft best practices released by the
Geo-Enabled Elections project at the end of 2018. The revised best practices will be part of the final
report for the first phase of the project, expected in September 2019.