Policy Brief

Election administration should not be affected by partisan goals. Partisan election administration increases the risk of disenfranchisement. Non-partisan election administration boosts faith and confidence in the electoral process and promotes fair and accurate electoral results. If anything...
02/14/2014
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Ballot design should be simple and straightforward to ensure voters understand for whom and for what they are casting their votes. Ballots should be written in clear, plain language. Ballot design should focus on the ABCs: Accuracy, Brevity and Clarity. It seems almost too basic to have to...
02/14/2014
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States should provide uniform poll worker training before Election Day to ensure Election Day runs smoothly. Polls workers should receive a uniform wage across the state. Poll worker recruitment should target public employees and high school and college students.  The formula for a well-...
02/14/2014
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Early voting allows eligible voters more time to review issues and cast their ballot. Early voting can increase voter participation. States should expand early in-person voting locations and adopt no-excuse permanent absentee voting. In a representative democracy like ours, the more...
02/14/2014
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Third party voter registration drives are a critical component to ensuring eligible voters are registered. States should permit third party registration drives without restrictive limitations. Boards of elections should provide materials on voter registration to registration drives. The...
02/14/2014
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Eligible 16 and 17 year olds should be pre-registered to vote and automatically added to voting rolls when they turn 18. Targeted outreach to young eligible voters leads to substantial increases in voter registration. Encouraging civic engagement at a young age leads to increased participation...
02/14/2014
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States should modernize registration procedures by allowing eligible voters to register to vote and update their registrations online. Online registration saves states and localities money. Registration rates among young voters increase with online registration. These days, bank transfers,...
02/14/2014
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The NVRA was intended to make voter registration widely available at agencies serving the public, and is an important tool for modernizing voter registration. Ensuring compliance with NVRA requirements increases voter registration rates, particularly among low-income populations. Expanding the...
02/14/2014
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Same Day Registration Voter registration deadlines present an unnecessary layer of bureaucracy that impedes the freedom to vote.  Eligible voters should be able to register and vote on the same day.  Same Day Registration should be made available during any early voting periods up...
02/14/2014
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Same-Day Registration (SDR) allows eligible voters to register to vote and cast their ballots on the same day. SDR offers an easy, practical solution that works to fix many registration errors that can prevent eligible voters from casting their ballot. Pioneered by Maine, Minnesota and...
02/12/2014
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