Election Integrity

The historic elections taking place this November will not just decide what candidates win or lose, or even "just" what policy directions our states and country will take. They will also be a test for democracy itself. I served as Secretary of the State in Connecticut during the 1990s, and we had...
09/28/2012
Blog
Election integrity is impaired when eligible Americans are prevented from exercising their fundamental right to vote and having their voices heard on the issues that affect their lives. The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania just said the same thing when considering a new voter ID requirement,...
09/21/2012
Blog
From the Harvard Law and Policy Review Since the passage of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) in 2002, requiring people to present identification to vote has become one of the most controversial and divisive issues in election reform. HAVA necessitates, among other things, that members of...
08/08/2011
Publication
Strong voter participation and engagement are fundamental to a healthy democracy.  Efforts to restrict access to voting fly in the face of this important goal.  Yet, despite another midterm election in November 2010 in which only 41 percent of eligible persons voted, numerous states are...
08/08/2011
Publication
Strong voter participation and engagement are fundamental to a healthy democracy.  Efforts to restrict access to voting fly in the face of this important goal.  Alarmingly, despite another midterm election in which nationally only 41 percent of eligible persons voted, many...
08/08/2011
Publication
Strong voter participation and engagement are fundamental to a healthy democracy.  Efforts to restrict access to voting fly in the face of this important goal.  Alarmingly, despite another midterm election in which nationally only 41 percent of eligible persons voted, many...
08/08/2011
Publication
The 2008 Election Primer: Election Administration, Voting Rights & Legal Challenges, provides a comprehensive account of the latest research and litigation on key election issues — including voter registration challenges, voter access, fraud allegations, federal voting requirements, as well...
10/29/2008
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Testimony of Senior Fellow Lori Minnite before the House Judiciary Committee's Oversight Hearing on Voter Suppression. Minnite outlines suppressive effects of the Department of Justice initiative to prosecute fraud, in light of evidence of very little fraud in US elections.  
02/27/2008
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Since the 2000 election, a historic effort has been underway in the United States to strengthen voting systems across all 50 states and to address obstacles to broader electoral participation. At both the federal and state levels, however, efforts to advance a reform agenda have been frequently...
12/19/2007
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Barnard College political scientist and Demos Senior Fellow Lorraine C. Minnite draws on research into the scale and scope of the problem of voter fraud to examine its prevalence in states with Election Day Registration. The specter of fraud in American elections has pervaded our political and...
11/18/2007
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