The Honest Elections Project (HEP) is a right-of-center election monitoring organization founded in 2020 as a project of the 85 Fund. HEP supports the implementation of election integrity laws to ensure election security, including removing invalid registrations from voter rolls and placing stricter requirements around mail-in voting. 
In the months leading up to the 2020 elections, HEP pushed back against efforts to change mail-in voting procedures on short notice and criticized the practice of sending unsolicited mail-in ballots to voters.  HEP also threatened states with legal action for allegedly failing to remove invalid registrations from voter rolls, and it provided legal support to the Republican Party at the state level. 
Honest Elections Project was created as a project of the 85 Fund, formerly known as the Judicial Education Project. The Judicial Education Project was affiliated with the Judicial Crisis Network (JCN), an activist organization that supports the appointment and election of right-of-center judges. JCN chief counsel and policy director Carrie Severino led the Judicial Education Project until at least 2018 and is listed by the Virginia Corporation Commission as the 85 Fund’s secretary as of 2021.  
Honest Elections Project has adopted a number of right-of-center positions on electoral administration issues. HEP supports preserving the Electoral College, opposing left-of-center calls for a “national popular vote” to determine the presidency. HEP has called such demands “an unconstitutional effort designed to manipulate election rules for partisan gain” that “will undermine the legitimacy of elections.” 
HEP also opposes efforts to extend voting privileges to new groups, including minors, non-citizens, and incarcerated criminals, most prominently supported by Democratic Party activist and former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams.  HEP also opposes vote harvesting, which allows “campaign workers, partisan activists, or political operatives” to go door-to-door to collect completed ballots from voters. Instead, the project supports in-person voting at regulated polling places in order to make voter fraud “virtually impossible.” 
HEP supports efforts to clean voter rolls by removing out-of-date or invalid voter registrations, citing a 2012 Pew Research Center study which estimated that approximately one in eight voter registrations nationwide was “no longer valid” or “significantly inaccurate.” HEP has opposed lawsuits that have sought to preserve such registrations. 
In response to criticisms that such policies are forms of “voter suppression,” HEP called voter suppression a “myth” and cited a 2018 Pew study that found “historic jumps in voter turnout” during the 2018 midterm elections, despite the implementation of new voter integrity laws that HEP claims are supported by the majority of the American public. 
In February 2020, HEP threatened to sue Colorado, Florida, and Michigan if they did not clean their voter rolls as required by law. HEP executive director Jason Snead claimed that “a simple comparison of publicly available records” revealed “suspiciously high” registrations in counties in all three states, “sometimes exceeding the number of voting-age adults” in those counties. The project said it identified 13 counties where the registration rate exceeded 100% of eligible voters and multiple other counties with over 90% registration, which HEP noted was significantly higher than the national average of 66%. 
In April 2020, HEP launched a $250,000 advertising campaign against major changes aimed at loosening voting procedures in Wisconsin due to the COVID-19 pandemic. HEP referred to such proposals as “exploiting” the COVID-19 pandemic and pledged to fight efforts by left-of-center organizations to change election rules, calling them an effort to “upend our election system.” 
In August 2020, HEP criticized the Center for Voter Information (CVI), a left-of-center Washington, D.C.-based voter outreach group, for sending absentee ballots to thousands of Virginia voters who had not requested them. Critics accused CVI of attempting to mislead voters, and the Fairfax, Virginia Office of Elections issued a statement which warned voters about CVI’s “inaccurate, potentially misleading mailing.” CVI eventually acknowledged that “some of the mailers may have directed the return envelopes to the wrong election offices,” though the organization stood by the legitimacy of the procedure. 
In October 2020, HEP said that “almost everything” it had predicted regarding election issues “happened in multiple states throughout the primaries,” referring to its report from July 2020, which concluded that expanding voting by mail on short notice would overwhelm the system, waste resources, and create opportunities for fraud. HEP claimed that the issues were “mostly system-level,” but also alleged several incidents of possible voter fraud. 
That same month, HEP submitted an amicus curia brief in support of the Republican Party of Pennsylvania, with the goal of protecting voter integrity regulations surrounding mail-in ballots The next month, HEP acknowledged that the Trump campaign’s legal challenges to the election results would be unlikely to impact the vote count, but nonetheless urged careful consideration of all allegations of voter fraud. 
Jason Snead is the current executive director of Honest Elections Project. He previously spent ten years at the Heritage Foundation, a right-of-center think tank, where he worked in a number of roles, including as a senior policy analyst. Snead also oversaw the development of the Foundation’s database of reported election fraud incidents. He earned his master’s degree in public policy from George Mason University and his bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University. 
Carrie Severino is a conservative legal movement activist who led the 85 Fund’s predecessor organization as of 2018 and was listed on Virginia Corporation Commission filings as the 85 Fund’s secretary as of 2021.  Severino is the chief counsel and policy director of Judicial Crisis Network. She also served as a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Severino earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School and is a member of the Federalist Society, an influential right-of-center constitutional law organization. 
Honest Elections Project is a fiscally sponsored project of the 85 Fund, a conservative legal movement organization formerly known as the Judicial Education Project. HEP was formed in 2020, and no public financial information for the project is disclosed as of March 2021.
Before 2014, Judicial Education Project had an annual revenue of less than $3 million. In 2014, revenue jumped to just over $9 million, and peaked at more than $12.3 million in 2017.