This year election administrators, many of whom were fielding new
voting equipment for the first time, faced record turnout. After the
pervasive problems with the previous two presidential elections and the
fears of more election problems, both real and imagined, voters across
the political spectrum faced the election with deep skepticism about
its fairness and integrity. Today we give a brief overview of whether
the expectations for the election were born out, and what election day
tells us about where to focus reforms.
Voter Action is a national non-profit organization that seeks to ensure election integrity in the United States through legaladvocacy, research, and public education. We aim to protect an openand transparent election process, one in which our elections at thefederal, state, and local level are accessible and verifiable. Wesupport the basic civil and political rights of all voters to casttheir ballots in an independent manner and to have to their votesaccurately recorded and counted. We seek to reclaim our elections forthe public domain, controlled by the voters and not by privateinterests.
It is important not only that everyone be able to cast a
ballot, but that every vote is counted and meaningful. Voters too often
feel their vote won’t matter, whether because they don’t believe in the
integrity of the voting system or because they are stuck in non-competitive
Several fundamental reforms, from improved election integrity
measures to redistricting reforms can support the integrity of the electoral process and create
elections that enhance voters' ability to influence electoral outcomes and have
their voice truly heard in the political process.