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National Conference of State Legislatures

Elections 2020: Policy, Funding, and the Future, a project of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), will address the cost component of running fair, accurate, and efficient elections while continuing the organizational values of promoting policy innovation and communication among state legislatures.


The Presidential Commission on Election Administration (PCEA) report outlines concerns about the impending election equipment crisis. Without thoughtful consideration on the various methods used by states to fund their elections, election administrators may progress without a timeline for replacing this equipment. The National Conference of State Legislatures, with the Elections 2020 project, will provide an opportunity for their legislative members (and their staffs) to share information with one another on the various funding possibilities and solutions, so states may consider policies that improve the quality of their elections.

This two-year project will explore and facilitate information sharing on funding methods for elections. This includes defining and explaining existing funding structures used for running fair, efficient, and accurate elections. In a collaborative fashion, NCSL will then convene their constituents and other stakeholders (county officials, election administrators, and others) for discussions on funding options for the conduct of America’s free and open elections, the foundation of our representative democracy.

We believe NCSL’s bipartisan mission, well researched analysis, and facilitator spirit place them in a position to help stop an impending election administrations crisis.


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