ELECTION PROTECTION AND VOTER ACCESS TASK FORCES
CALLING FOR NATIONAL & STATE TASK FORCES
In 2016, the NEDC is organizing Congressional and State Legislative briefings that will focus both political and media attention on the attacks against democracy and needed reform.
The purpose of the briefings:
- Educate Congress and State Legislators on deficiencies in voter access and election defense.
- Develop legislation(s) that create National and State Task Forces (or Commissions) on Election Protection.
The Election Protection and Voter Access Task Forces envisioned by our network are a non-partisan organizing effort aimed at protecting citizen’s voting rights, ensuring fair and reliable election results, promoting best practices for election reform, and restoring democracy to US elections.
The Task Forces are working groups building a multi-racial national network of state coalitions that have the requisite political and strategic unity to investigate local elections, and to propose and help pass bi-partisan election defense and voter access laws in Congress, State General Assemblies, counties and municipalities:
- Standardize voter access
- Create transparency in vote processing
- Develop consistent voting and elections technology and methodology
- Ensure the integrity of our democratic election process
NATIONAL TASK FORCE ADVISORY BOARD
The National Election Protection and Voter Access Task Force will be informed by a National Advisory Board.
At our monthly national conference calls, and retreats, participants will engage in a strategic assessment of how our flawed voting system is undermining democracy in America.
The Advisory Board will help determine best electoral practices, and evolve a common legislative agenda that creates action plans on the following potential issues:
- Voting rights; which citizens can register to vote; when, how and where they can register, felony disenfranchisement.
- Polling places; voter accessibility, hours, early / Sunday voting, number of polling stations, number of machines, proper planning and use of staff and resources.
- Elections administration; partisan vs. bipartisan control, gerrymandering, voter roll purges.
- Voting and counting technology; Paper ballots, optical scanners, DREs, open source vs. private proprietary software, machines vulnerability to fraud and hacking, aging voting machines, absentee voting or vote by mail (VBM), Internet Voting.
- Aggregation and tabulation methodology; where and how the final votes are tallied at local and state levels, varying methods of hand counting or independent scanning of ballots, chain of custody of the ballots.
- Post election audits, methodology, what percentage are audited, how useful in determining accuracy, consequences when discrepancies are found.
- Recounts and contested results, ability of citizens and candidates to request or conduct a recount, cost, related legal issues.
- Record-keeping, FOI, transparency and election materials accessibility for inspection and recounts.
- Financing; how elections are funded; corruption and abuse of campaign financing, suggested reforms.