Washington, D.C. (November 19, 2020) - Today, the Joseph Rainey Center for Public Policy, a post partisan think tank based in Washington, DC, published two new reports examining the challenges of the 2020 election cycle and proposing solutions to enabling U.S. election institutions to maintain agility and safeguard the American democratic process through 21st century infrastructure that is secure, transparent and inclusive for all citizens.
The reports titled, The Case for A New Federal Election Governance Agency; and Electronic Voting and Election Systems’ Vulnerabilities in the Information Age, are complementary in scope and draw on the extensive analytical and policy experience of the Rainey Center Inclusive Governance and Technology and Innovation Teams. The authors expose the challenges in implementing safe and secure elections during a pandemic and in the digital age and provide blueprints for strengthening the integrity of America’s voting systems.
"The American 2020 election cycle has left citizens scratching their heads and finding their confidence in the American democratic system eroded," noted CEO Sarah E. Hunt of the Joseph Rainey Center for Public Policy. "Now, more than ever, it is critical policy experts reflect on lessons learned and provide the American people with an actionable way forward - and these reports do precisely that."
"While establishment of an independent federal agency to ensure safe and inclusive elections for the American people is not a new concept, nor is it a solution easily adopted," reflected Stafford A. Ward, the report's author and Senior Fellow for Inclusive Governance at the Rainey Center. "We offer a strong case for such an institution: one that mitigates potential legal and political objections, demonstrates a synergy within the federal framework and imagines the potential to strengthen and defend the integrity of U.S. democratic system."
"From the primaries to the presidential, the 2020 democratic process forced us to acknowledge and now address our nation’s vulnerability to disinformation, misinformation and malign influence,” Ms. Hunt continued. "It is our hope policymakers will utilize these reports and employ their recommended strategies in order to not only fix what is broken, but enable our democracy and its future generations to conduct their elections with confidence and security.”