As experts warn of a contested presidential election, secretaries of state may once again be under a national spotlight in November. Although many secretaries of state perform exemplary public service, they do so despite partisan bias inherent in their positions that makes the U.S. a global outlier in election management. In response to these concerns, Election Reformers Network has released Guardrails for the Guardians: Reducing Secretary of State Conflict of Interest and Building More Impartial U.S. Election Administration.
In this first-of-its-kind analysis of state election officials, Election Reformers Network:
- Calls on secretaries of state to be “umpires not players” to protect the imperiled 2020 elections;
- Illustrates why the U.S. is a global outlier in election administration;
- Examines the track record of secretary of state conflicts of interest since 2000;
- Highlights recent improvements in the area of secretary of state partisanship; and
- Proposes practical solutions to secretary of state conflict of interest for the near and long term.