Our grant recipient, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law yesterday released a preliminary report of its findings from Election Protection 2012 to Congress urging them to take action to fix the persistent problems in our election system that make it difficult for many Americans to vote. The long lines endured by many voters this year were a problem, amongst several others that demonstrated the inadequacies of the election system. As the Lawyers’ Committee points out: “If we truly want an election infrastructure that lives up to the ideals of our democracy then we need to fix a lot of things.” Here are their suggestions:
- we need to take advantage of 21st Century technology to remove paper for our voter registration system and create a secure and accessible voter roll
- voting options need to be expanded so that voting is not focused on one single day for the majority of Americans
- hardworking election officials need to be properly resourced, and there needs to be a set of uniform standards with accountability so that all Americans can have faith that elections are administered properly
A comprehensive report of findings from Election Protection 2012 will be released by the Lawyers’ Committee in early 2013. To read more from the preliminary report, click here.