More Representative and Effective State Election Boards
Nearly all the members of all of the 18 state election boards in the US are effectively picked by or represent the Democratic and Republican parties. Few, if any, of the other important stakeholder groups – for example local election officials, independent candidates, civil society organizations – are represented. These boards have either equal representation of the two parties, risking gridlock, or unequal representation, creating one party control. It’s time for a better model. ERN’s draft will be released early in 2023.
Nonpartisan Elections for Election Officials
Changing the elections for secretaries of state and other election officials to a nonpartisan status has the potential to reduce the risk of biased party loyalists winning these positions. Such reform needs to be structured carefully and should be combined with other legal guardrails. ERN’s model bill achieving these goals will be released soon.
ERN is grateful for the thoughtful feedback on drafts of these bills from election administrators and election law experts.