Congressional and State Legislative Briefings

The NEDC is organizing Congressional and State Legislative Briefings to focus political and media attention on voting rights and secure, accurate elections.

The briefings educate legislators on practical ideas for improving voter access and transparent election technology, and guide the creation of national and state task forces on election protection (or equivalent commissions).


Election Protection and Voter Access Task Forces envisioned by our network are a nonpartisan effort aimed at protecting voting rights, ensuring fair and reliable election results, and promoting best practices for election reform.

The Task Forces are working groups building a multiracial national network that has the requisite political and strategic unity to pass election defense and voter access laws in cities, counties, state legislatures, and Congress. The national and state Task Forces will work to:

  • Standardize voter access;
  • Create transparency in vote processing;
  • Develop consistent election technology and methodology; and
  • Ensure integrity of our democratic electoral process.


Election Protection and Voter Access Task Forces will be guided by a National Advisory Board.

Monthly conference calls and occasional retreats will engage participants in a strategic assessment of how our flawed voting system has undermined democracy in America.

The Advisory Board will help determine best electoral practices, and evolve a common legislative agenda and action plan on the following potential issues:

  • Voting Rights: which citizens can register to vote, when, how, and where they can register, voting rights restoration and enfranchisement for felons and ex-offenders.
  • Polling Places: voter accessibility, hours, early and weekend voting, number of polling stations, number of machines, proper planning and use of staff and resources.
  • Election Administration: partisan vs. multiparty control, gerrymandering, voter roll purges.
  • Voting Technology: Paper ballots, optical scanners, DREs, open source vs. private proprietary software, machine vulnerability to fraud and hacking, aging voting machines, absentee voting or vote-by-mail systems, Internet voting.
  • Aggregation and Tabulation: where and how final votes are tallied at local and state levels, varying methods of hand counting or independent ballot scanning, ballot chain of custody.
  • 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.
  • Public Records: Record-keeping, freedom of information, open data, transparency, and accessibility of election materials for inspection and recounts.
  • Finance: how elections are funded, corruption and abuse of campaign financing, suggested reforms.