elex 2.3.1

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Get database-ready election results from the Associated Press Election API v2.0.

Elex is designed to be fast, friendly, and largely agnostic to stack/language/database choice. Basic usage is as simple as:

elex results 2016-03-01 > results.csv


Elex was developed by The New York Times and NPR and not in concert with the Associated Press. Though we plan on using Elex for the 2016 cycle, there is no guarantee that this software will work for you. If you’re thinking about using Elex, check out the license and contact the authors.

Elex projects and implementations


  • NPR loader: A simple reference data loader for PostgreSQL.

New York Times


Using the FTP system?

Use the Los Angeles Times’ python-elections library.

The New York Times has a sample implementation that demonstrates how you might integrate the FTP loader with your Elex-based system.


  • Uses v2.1 of the Associated Press Election API NOTE: Requires a (paid) account with the AP.
  • Intuitive command line interface: Get data as CSV or JSON and pipe to the data tool of your choice.
  • Friendly Python API for use as a library.
  • Simple election recording (to MongoDB).
  • Comprehensive tests.
  • Extensive documentation.
  • Fast and correct.

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