In its latest bi-weekly newsletter, The Brennan Center for Justice reports that nationwide momentum is in favor of expanding voting access. Seven states have passed laws to expand access to voting in 2014, and 24 states have expansive laws pending.
As a further sign of this momentum, on Wednesday, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony regarding improving U.S. elections from the co-chairs of the bipartisan Presidential Commission on Election Administration (PCEA). The PCEA’s comprehensive set of recommendations, issued last month, has galvanized the voting and elections community in this key mid-term election year.
The Brennan Center’s Voting Newsletter also highlights voting and elections news on the state level. Among the most noteworthy are:
Overseas Vote Foundation (OVF) and U.S. Vote Foundation (US Vote) held our Eighth Annual Voting and Elections Summit 2014 on January 30 at The George Washington University’s Jack Morton Auditorium.
Our dual themes this year were Grassroots Innovation in Elections and Midterm Mobilization, chosen to highlight issues impacting the voting and elections community in this important midterm year. Summit 2014 was another great success, covering a wide array of topics, from end-to-end verifiable remote voting to expanding mail ballot eligibility to improving the voting process for military voters. Summit 2014 had something for everyone.
The dynamic lineup of speakers included Congressman John Conyers, Jr., of Michigan; Congresswoman Susan Davis, of California; Adam Ambrogi, Principal, Investments at the Democracy Fund; Dr. Josh Benaloh, Senior Cryptographer, Microsoft Research; Bob Bauer, Co-Chair, Presidential Commission of Election Administration; Matt Boehmer, Director, Federal Voting Assistance Program; Seth...