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Presidential Commission on Election AdministrationThe 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
January 2014

The commission’s key recommendations call for:

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New Report: Many Election Day Lines Shorter in 2016, But Some Long Waits Remain

April 27, 2018 | Governance

A significant number of polling places still experienced average wait times over 30 minutes

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Research

Improving The Voter Experience

April 27, 2018 | Governance

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.

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Event

Making Elections Work

April 27, 2018 | Governance

BPC gave updates on our continuing work with PCEA, with a focus on polling place line management and voter registration modernization.

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Blog

Launching the All Things Election Podcast with Special Guest Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft

February 22, 2018 | Governance

The Bipartisan Policy today launches the All Things Election podcast to keep you in the know about everything election related.

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Securing the Voting Rolls While Improving Access

February 1, 2018 | Governance

The Bipartisan Policy Center wishes to add its congratulations to both Arizona and Missouri for taking this smart step forward for their voters.

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Research

The State of Campaign Finance in the U.S.

January 19, 2018 | Governance

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.

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Preparing for the 2018 Election

January 11, 2018 | Governance

It will be another exciting year for the election administration community and we look forward to doing our part.

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Event

The Changing Dynamics of Campaign Finance in the U.S.

January 19, 2018 | Governance

Leading experts will release a report on the current state of the U.S. campaign finance system and discuss its implications for future elections.

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Signing up on National Voter Registration Day

September 26, 2017 | Governance

Today is the fifth annual National Voter Registration Day. Are you registered to vote?

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Press Release

Statement on Vulnerabilities in Online Voter Registration Systems

September 7, 2017 | Governance

States must reevaluate security and administrative protocols with an eye towards always improving the voting experience for all Americans.

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Blog

Electoral System Reform Update

August 16, 2017 | Governance

The 2016 presidential election cycle highlighted the need for many of the CPR’s recommendations for electoral system reform.

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News

Don’t Let Our Democracy Collapse

July 19, 2017 | Governance

Richard L. Hasen writes in The New York Times about BPC’s work on election reform and voter registration.

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Discussing Data Security with Former Sec. Michael Chertoff

July 17, 2017 | Governance

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…

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News

Fortier and Palmer: Who waits the longest to vote? Until now, we had no idea

June 22, 2017 | Governance

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.

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Blog

Florida Voter Registration Data-Sharing Legislation Advances

April 12, 2017 | Governance

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.

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Research

Donald Palmer Testifies about 2016 Election Administration

December 15, 2016 | Governance

The country’s election administrators and policymakers must continue to focus on the security and accuracy of the nation’s voter registration infrastructure.

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Press Release

Election Recounts Won't Change Result

November 28, 2016 | Governance

The changes in the vote totals since the initial reporting stem from two major factors: absentee ballots and provisional ballots.

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Research

PCEA Co-Chairs Laud Work of Nation's Election Officials

October 24, 2016 | Governance

This year, perhaps more than ever before, it will be important to have the voting public well informed about how the electoral process works.

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Press Release

BPC, Election Administrators Partner to Collect First-Ever National Data on Voting Lines

October 18, 2016 | Governance

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.

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Event

Are We Ready to Run Our Elections?

October 27, 2016 | Governance

With the 2016 presidential election just days away, more and more Americans are wondering whether the country’s election administrators are ready to run our elections.

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Blog

Bauer and Ginsberg Stress Importance of Data on Voting Lines

September 27, 2016 | Governance

Testimony from Bauer and Ginsberg focused on BPC’s ongoing work to implement the PCEA’s recommendations to improve all Americans’ voting experience.

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Blog

Virginia Rolls Out Voter Registration Modernization at DMV

July 22, 2016 | Governance

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.

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Research

The New Realities of Voting by Mail in 2016

June 29, 2016 | Governance

The vote-by-mail process can be more convenient for voters who are unable or unwilling to contend with lines at polling places on Election Day.

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Blog

Ohio Adds to List of States with Online Voter Registration

June 15, 2016 | Governance

Governor John Kasich signed the bill into law after it passed both chambers of the Ohio General Assembly with strong bipartisan support.

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Blog

Securing Schools as Polling Places

June 1, 2016 | Governance

While no definitive number exists, we know that public schools make up a large percentage of polling places and are well-suited to the task for several reasons.

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Press Release

BPC Leading National Effort to Improve the Electoral Process

February 16, 2016 | Governance

Starbucks, Marriott International, the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce join BPC in launching the effort.

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Civic Leadership Initiative

February 16, 2016 | Governance

In concert with leading employers, nonprofits, and government officials, the new effort encourages employees to register, to vote, and to work as volunteers at polling places.

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Research

Election Day Command Centers: An Invaluable Tool in Election Administration

January 22, 2016 | Governance

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.

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Event

The Voting Experience: Two Years of Progress on Election Administration

January 22, 2016 | Governance

BPC hosted a discussion about progress made toward implementation of the Presidential Commission on Election Administration’s recommendations.

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Event

Setting the Standards: What We Need from Our Voting Systems

December 8, 2015 | Governance

The two-day conference will explore the functionality necessary in our nation’s voting systems to conduct open, fair, and transparent elections.

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Blog

Paper Trails and Audits Can Boost Confidence in Elections

August 12, 2015 | Governance

Some states and localities are following the Presidential Commission on Election Administration recommendations on election machine audits, and for good reason.

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Press Release

BPC Applauds Enactment of Texas Bill to Improve Voter List Accuracy

June 17, 2015 | Governance

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.

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Research

PCEA Letter to Ohio Secretary of State Regarding Online Voter Registration

May 19, 2015 | Governance

Bob Bauer and Ben Ginsberg wrote to Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted regarding the many benefits of online voter registration.

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Blog

Florida Governor Signs Online Voter Registration Legislation

May 15, 2015 | Governance

Online voter registration is an essential component to modernizing our nation’s election administration system.

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Florida Online Voter Registration Legislation is the Right Move

April 29, 2015 | Governance

Online voter registration systems have earned high confidence among voters as well as the support of election administrators from across the political spectrum.

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News

Vulnerable Voting Machine Raises Questions About Election Security

April 16, 2015 | Governance

Computer security experts have warned for years that some voting machines are vulnerable to attack.

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Blog

Officials Look to Improve Election Administration Ahead of 2016

March 26, 2015 | Governance

Let’s not let disagreement on some issues prevent us from making measurable, bipartisan progress toward an improved voting process.

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Press Release

White House Counsel to Discuss Election Administration at BPC

March 26, 2015 | Governance

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.

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Event

Presidential Commission on Election Administration: One Year Retrospective

March 27, 2015 | Governance

In January 2014, the commission presented its findings in a report to President Obama and Vice President Biden.

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Blog

BPC Recommendations for Quick Action on Voting Technology

December 19, 2014 | Governance

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.

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Press Release

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, Electoral Policy Experts to Discuss Ohio’s Electoral System

December 8, 2014 | Governance

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.

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Presidential Commission on Election Administration

November 4, 2014 | Governance

The mission of the PCEA is to identify best practices in election administration and to make recommendations to improve the voting experience.

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Press Release

Bipartisan Policy Center and Presidential Commission on Election Administration Partner with Counties to Reduce Polling Place Lines

October 31, 2014 | Governance

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…

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Bipartisan Policy Center to Continue Work of Presidential Commission on Election Administration

August 7, 2014 | Governance

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.

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Blog

Statement from Secretary Dan Glickman on the State of the Union

January 28, 2014 | Governance

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…

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Press Release

Bipartisan Policy Center’s Commission on Political Reform Welcomes New Report from the Presidential Commission on Election Administration

January 22, 2014 | Governance

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…

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News

Bipartisan election commission releases list of suggested fixes

January 22, 2014 | Governance

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.

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Blog

Modernizing Election Administration: “Make it Easy to Vote, Hard to Cheat”

October 18, 2013 | Governance

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…

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Obama Launches New Presidential Commission on Election Administration to Address Voting Issues

March 29, 2013 | Governance

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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