Committee member Jonathan Bydlak, director of the governance program at the R Street Institute, describes himself as “right of center.” R Street has worked in defense of mail voting and other aspects of election reform, often in cooperation with other groups.

“We generally look for areas where we either think there isn’t enough work being done, or where we can provide a perspective that is a little bit different, and needs to be,” says Bydlak. CSSE and its focus on getting law enforcement and election administrators talking to one another was a natural fit.

Bydlak is emphatic that election security and integrity are so fundamental to democracy that it would be illogical for anyone to interpret efforts to support election officials as “partisan.”

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