Public Interest Legal Offers Voter Registration ‘Best Practices’ Guide for Election Officials

(INDIANAPOLIS, IN.) – June 21, 2017: The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) today announced the publication of Best Practices for Achieving Integrity in Voter Registration, a report dedicated to offering state and local governments expert guidance on cutting-edge strategies and techniques in maintaining voter rolls for an increasingly mobile electorate.

PILF relied upon experts in election administration and previous experience in state and federal election oversight to collaborate in composing the report.

“This report is our attempt to disseminate lessons learned in voter roll maintenance, encouraging state and local officials to re-assess their current procedures where needed,” PILF President and General Counsel J. Christian Adams said. “Too many take for granted the idea that all jurisdictions’ voter records are properly and uniformly cared for. This broad-scoped study will encourage improvement nationwide.”

Best Practices argues that in the quarter century since President Bill Clinton signed his first law, the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA), “chronic inaccuracy and [a] lack of integrity in the voter rolls” has become the “most significant problem facing America’s electoral process.” The authors highlight how fossilized federal standards locked administrators into a system of voter roll maintenance via First Class Mail—giving little allowance for adoption of contemporary technologies. Worse, the core mechanics of NVRA, commonly known as “Motor Voter”, did not overtly anticipate the ever-increasing access of legally and illegally-present aliens to social service transactions where voter registration could improperly occur.

The authors offer the following general reforms, outlined in greater detail in the report:

The Best Practices report follows President Donald J. Trump’s Executive Order on the Establishment of Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. PILF intends to contribute to the body’s future studies by offering these findings and suggestions in the near future.

“Voter registration reform is the next big debate in our elections,” Adams added. “Current law and procedures do not adequately reflect our increasingly mobile society. Congress did not anticipate in the 1990s that states like California and Maryland would offer Motor Voter transactions to illegally present noncitizens. ‘Best Practices’ helps local officials strike a balance between integrity and access with an eye always toward innovation.”

The primary authors for Best Practices are:

You can access Best Practices for Achieving Integrity in Voter Registration, here.

Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) is a 501(c)(3) public interest law firm dedicated to election integrity. The Foundation exists to assist states and others to aid the cause of election integrity and fight against lawlessness in American elections. Drawing on numerous experts in the field, PILF seeks to protect the right to vote and preserve the Constitutional framework of American elections.