Presidential Commission on Election Administration
The Presidential Commission on Election Administration was established by Executive Order on March 28, 2013. Its mission is to identify best practices in election administration and to make recommendations to improve the voting experience.
Commission Co-Chairs Robert F. Bauer and Benjamin L. Ginsberg, formerly the general counsels for competing presidential campaigns, bring bipartisan leadership to the commission. The commission is comprised of distinguished election administrators and representatives of successful customer service-oriented businesses who bring experience drawn from the private and public sectors to help identify best practices in election administration. View all commission members and biographies.
The American Voting Experience: Report and Recommendations of the Presidential Commission on Election Administration
The commission’s key recommendations call for:
- Modernization of the registration process through continued expansion of online voter registration and expanded state collaboration in improving the accuracy of voter lists;
- Measures to improve access to the polls through multiple opportunities to vote before the traditional Election Day and the selection of suitable, well-equipped polling place facilities, such as schools;
- State-of-the-art techniques to assure efficient management of polling places, including tools the commission is publicizing and recommending for the efficient allocation of polling place resources; and
- Reforms of the standard-setting and certification process for new voting technology to address soon-to-be antiquated voting machines and to encourage innovation and the adoption of widely available off-the-shelf technologies.
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A significant number of polling places still experienced average wait times over 30 minutes
Long lines at the polls can undermine the voting experience, even to the point of discouraging people from voting. Reducing polling place wait times by measuring lines and managing polling place resources can improve the voting experience.
Launching the All Things Election Podcast with Special Guest Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft
The Bipartisan Policy today launches the All Things Election podcast to keep you in the know about everything election related.
The U.S. campaign finance system has undergone fundamental changes in the last 15 years. Relying on new research from several of the nation’s foremost experts, this report examines the legal, political, and technological shifts that have combined to shape the current campaign finance regime.
Leading experts will release a report on the current state of the U.S. campaign finance system and discuss its implications for future elections.
States must reevaluate security and administrative protocols with an eye towards always improving the voting experience for all Americans.
BPC’s Director of the Democracy Project John Fortier sat down with former Secretary of Homeland Security and Co-Chair of BPC’s Immigration Task Force Michael Chertoff to discuss security concerns around the call for voter-registration data from the Trump administration’s Presidential Advisory Commission…
John Fortier and Don Palmer explain BPC’s efforts measure wait times at the polls in order to minimize wait times for all of Virginia’s voters.
Florida’s participation would improve interstate data sharing initiatives like ERIC and IVRC as well as the accuracy of the voter rolls in the state.
The country’s election administrators and policymakers must continue to focus on the security and accuracy of the nation’s voter registration infrastructure.
This year, perhaps more than ever before, it will be important to have the voting public well informed about how the electoral process works.
Data will help to diagnose the causes of long lines, predict where they may happen in advance of elections, and develop tools to allocate resources to the precincts most in need.
Testimony from Bauer and Ginsberg focused on BPC’s ongoing work to implement the PCEA’s recommendations to improve all Americans’ voting experience.
The new system, which will allow customers to register to vote while at the DMV, will bring significant cost savings and accuracy to the registration process.
Governor John Kasich signed the bill into law after it passed both chambers of the Ohio General Assembly with strong bipartisan support.
Starbucks, Marriott International, the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce join BPC in launching the effort.
During his victory speech in 2012, President Obama noted the millions of American voters who were forced to wait to vote for extended periods of time.
BPC hosted a discussion about progress made toward implementation of the Presidential Commission on Election Administration’s recommendations.
The two-day conference will explore the functionality necessary in our nation’s voting systems to conduct open, fair, and transparent elections.
Some states and localities are following the Presidential Commission on Election Administration recommendations on election machine audits, and for good reason.
BPC applauds the enactment of new legislation in Texas which provides for the state to participate in multi-state voter registration data-sharing programs. Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed the bill, SB 795, into law Monday.
Bob Bauer and Ben Ginsberg wrote to Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted regarding the many benefits of online voter registration.
Online voter registration is an essential component to modernizing our nation’s election administration system.
Online voter registration systems have earned high confidence among voters as well as the support of election administrators from across the political spectrum.
Computer security experts have warned for years that some voting machines are vulnerable to attack.
Let’s not let disagreement on some issues prevent us from making measurable, bipartisan progress toward an improved voting process.
The remarks are part of an event bringing together PCEA commissioners, election administrators, and experts to discuss the report and reflect on the past year.
In January 2014, the commission presented its findings in a report to President Obama and Vice President Biden.
Long-term reforms are important, but there exist three immediate actions that could be taken that are reasonable and responsible and would provide more certainty to the voting systems market.
As Ohio continues to explore ways to make its electoral system a national model, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted will outline his vision for making redistricting reform a reality in 2015.
The mission of the PCEA is to identify best practices in election administration and to make recommendations to improve the voting experience.
Bipartisan Policy Center and Presidential Commission on Election Administration Partner with Counties to Reduce Polling Place Lines
Washington, D.C. – The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) today announced that it will be working in several counties to reduce polling place lines in next week’s midterm elections. Americans will go to the polls on Tuesday for the first federal election…
Washington, D.C. – Building on the successful efforts of the Presidential Commission on Election Administration, BPC’s Democracy Project today announced that it will work to implement the commission’s recommendations.
With passage of a bipartisan budget agreement to fund the government through fiscal year 2014, there may be a new spirit of cooperation in Washington as members returned from districts having heard kudos for just doing their jobs. The budget…
Bipartisan Policy Center’s Commission on Political Reform Welcomes New Report from the Presidential Commission on Election Administration
Washington, D.C. – Secretary Dan Glickman and Senator Olympia Snowe, co-chairs of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s (BPC) Commission on Political Reform, and Heather Gerken, a member of the BPC commission, reacted to the final report of the Presidential Commission on…
A bipartisan commission recommended a series of steps Wednesday to make it simpler to cast ballots in the next election, but largely avoided the most politically contentious issues in a debate over voter access that has become deeply partisan.
Whether it’s access to the polls or the integrity of the ballot, Americans can’t agree about what election priorities should be. Maybe the chief election official of Ohio, Secretary of State Jon Husted says it best: “make it easy to…
Yesterday, President Obama signed an executive order establishing a new Presidential Commission on Election Administration, which will address issues like voter registration and access, ballot design and contingency planning. The presidential commission, which was first announced in the president’s State…
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