In 2017-2020, NEDC is committing to passing federal election integrity legislation, creating and advancing model election integrity legislation in state legislatures across the nation, and building a self-sustaining grassroots movement for voting rights and verified elections.
NEDC has a proven track record in uniting progressive and libertarian activists and officeholders as well as national security-minded conservatives to advance the causes of election security, reliability, and transparency.
Our work includes:
- Public education through Town Hall meetings, legislative hearings, press conferences, articles, websites, and social media.
- Educating Congress to catalyze Federal electoral reform.
- Promoting election best practices at the state level.
- Organizing grassroots fusion networks and actions on the ground in key battleground states.
- In January 2017, NEDC convened a high-level meeting including former Bush Administration Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, Obama Administration Cybersecurity chief Bruce McConnell, leading computer scientists J. Alex Halderman of the University of Michigan and Dan Wallach of Rice University, state elections officials, and current and former senior Congressional staffers, to devise a national strategy for passing election integrity legislation in Congress and statehouses across the country.
- In late 2016, NEDC developed an expert sign-on letter—featuring more than 80 leading authorities on election administration, cybersecurity, and computer science as well as numerous public officials from across the political spectrum—making the case for a return to paper ballot, stronger cyber protections, and the introduction of risk-limiting audits in elections.
- In fall 2016, NEDC developed new legislation, introduced by Congressman Hank Johnson of Georgia, to eliminate the use of DRE voting machines and secret proprietary elections software and to require risk-limiting audits.
- In 2016, NEDC promoted and supported the formation of the new Congressional Voting Rights Caucus, which now has 54 House members.
- In late 2016, NEDC built a strategic partnership with several leading conservative Republican public relations figures, political commentators, and legislative strategists—complimenting existing partnership with progressive, civil rights, and government reform organizations.
- Over the course of the election cycle, the coalition led a major marketing campaign for the new feature-length documentary firm I Voted?, which has been screened widely in over twenty cities.
- Over the course of 2016, NEDC became a leading information source on election integrity questions on Capitol Hill, conducting a film screening for over 70 staffers, a major post-election briefing on election irregularities and opportunities for improvement, and a panel at the Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference; NEDC has also coordinated the activities of the new Voting Rights Alliance (comprising allies including NOW, Transformative Justice Coalition, Rainbow-PUSH, and the Hip-Hop Caucus).
- During the 2016 election season, NEDC placed news articles, op-eds, and video features on voting issues in a wide range of publication, including:
The TODAY Show
NPR’s Morning Edition
Inside Cyber Security
International Business Times
Atlanta Journal Constitution
Christian Science Monitor
Key Objectives and Activities in 2017
Developing and advancing bipartisan federal election integrity legislation
Through a team of seasoned Republican and Democratic legislative and media consultants as well as high-level policy advisers and outside allies, NEDC is working to design compelling and comprehensive election security reform legislation and to cultivate support across the political spectrum for legislative action. NEDC is strengthening partnerships with key Congressional offices, publishing op-eds in relevant publications to establish credibility with diverse stakeholders, and leveraging the release of the expert sign-on letter and activist campaigns toward legislative action.
Supporting the election integrity movement in state legislatures
NEDC will leverage federal legislative activities to create and disseminate model bills for state legislators across the country. NEDC will also connect state legislators with experts for testimony and develop advocacy tools for enabling the passage of reform measures.
Building the national grassroots movement for election security reform
NEDC is identifying a set of initial target states—including North Carolina, Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Florida—in which to implement a strategy of training citizen leaders, disseminating election administration best practices, sharing communications tools, and promoting policy reform templates. NEDC will host one or more in-person two-to-three day conferences for sharing ideas and ensuring that advocates are empowered with the tools and connections to succeed in driving reform.