Federal Reform

The Brennan Center supports safeguards for voters and standards for election administration at the federal level — including a national effort to modernize voter registration. This includes the Voter Empowerment Act of 2013, which aims to bring our antiquated voter registration system into 21st century and provide other needed reforms.

December 1, 2014

The Brennan Center supports safeguards for voters and standards for election administration at the federal level — including a national effort to modernize voter registration. This includes the Voter Empowerment Act of 2013, which aims to bring our antiquated voter registration system into 21st century and provide other needed reforms.

The Voter Empowerment Act would comprehensively modernize voter registration in federal elections, including electronic registration at agencies and online registration, along with portable registration and a fail-safe for voters through Election Day Registration.

Federal efforts can also help improve voter registration at the state and local level. The Brennan Center contributed to the findings of the Presidential Commission on Election Administration, a bipartisan panel convened by President Obama to examine and recommend improvements to election administration. The Commission endorsed modernizing registration through electronic transfer of voter information and online registration.

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