Election Reform: Future Policy Considerations

If Americans do not have faith in the election process, then it will be impossible for them to believe in the government that results from that process. This fundamental truth is why it is critical for state legislators and policymakers to examine current circumstances and make necessary changes to ensure the health and well being of the electoral process. This article examines the roles of state and local governments in election reform and recommends 12 minimum state-level reforms. The author examines challenges states will face in the future.

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About the Author
R. Doug Lewis is executive director of The Election Center, a national nonprofit organization serving elections and voter-registration professionals. A Certified Elections/Registration Administrator, his contributions include authoring the Professional Education Program for elections/registration officials, developing of the first Code of Ethics for voter-registration and elections administrators, establishing the Professional Practices Papers program and establishing a National Task Force on Election Reform to study the 2000 presidential election.

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