Policy Brief

Nearly six million people are denied the right to vote due to felony offenses, even if they have completed their sentences. One out of every 13 eligible African Americans of voting age has lost their right to vote. States should not permanently take away the freedom to vote from any citizen. At...
02/14/2014
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Provisional ballots are not counted as regular ballots and should be used in only very limited situations. Provisional ballots cast solely because an eligible voter voted in the wrong precinct or polling place should be counted as a regular ballot for any office for which the voter was eligible...
02/14/2014
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Overly burdensome photo ID laws add an unnecessary layer of bureaucracy that disenfranchises millions of otherwise eligible voters. Photo ID requirements place tremendous fiscal burdens on states and localities. States should look to their constitutions to protect the freedom to vote from...
02/14/2014
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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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