Framework for Federal Election Reform – One Page Summary
The Bipartisan Policy Center, the American Enterprise Institute, Issue One, R Street, and Unite America’s framework for bipartisan election legislation. (Individual policy recommendations are endorsed by this group as part of a comprehensive package.)
These policy suggestions draw on recommendations made by BPC’s Task Force on Elections, a bipartisan group of 29 state and local election officials from 20 states.
- Perform voter list maintenance at regular intervals
- Prohibit external groups from using undelivered mail to target voters for removal from voter rolls
- Implement automated voter registration
- Connect online voter registration systems
Casting a Ballot
- Verify voter identity using a variety of identification options
- Implement early voting at least 7 days before a federal election
- Provide absentee voting options to all voters
How it Works
- We propose an incentive-based system: states that meet the minimum standards would receive federal funding.
- Our proposal would close the gaps in the American voting experience, ensuring an election system that puts voters first by being fair, accessible, secure, and transparent.
Cyber & Physical Security
- Participate in a cyber navigator’s program
- Adhere to minimum cybersecurity standards
- Strengthen efforts to protect election officials from threats and harassment
- Bolster physical security and doxing training
Counting the Vote
- Begin pre-processing mail ballots seven days before Election Day
- Count mail ballots received by the close of polls
- Conduct audits after each federal election