Many jurisdictions around the country will be using equipment in 2016 that is rapidly approaching the end of its projected lifespan. There are steps election officials can take now to reduce the likelihood of problems on Election Day.
In a written statement submitted to an Election Assistance Commission roundtable discussion, the Brennan Center outlined how the agency should respond to the impending voting equipment crisis and rapidly changing voting systems.
By modernizing voter registration, providing more early voting opportunities, and setting minimum national standards for polling place access, America can fix the long lines that plague our elections and bring the system into the 21st century.
Design defects in ballots, voter instructions, and voting machines contributed to the loss of several hundred thousand votes in the most recent national elections. This study outlines simple measures election officials can take to cure design defects and ensure every voter can cast a ballot that counts.