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By Wendy Underhill and Katy Owens Hubler

We had the chance to go to a cool event in Denver last week. Academics, administrators and voting system testing experts (the techies that make sure our voting machines are working as they should) gathered. We, from NCSL, were a bit out of our element—or so we initially thought. 

But, as we listened to these people talk we realized we had a role: translating their interests to the people who matter in election policy, legislators. Over the course of two days we realized that there were policy implications galore!

If you want the full rundown, look at these presentations. ‚Äč

If you want the short form, here are four ideas legislators may want to consider:

  • Laws can require that local election officials "reconcile" the number of ballots cast against those counted to catch errors on election night.
  • Writing people-focused standards for the usability and accessibility of a voting system matters—for the voters and for election administrators.
  • Security is the underpinning of all election systems, and we policy people can find technical people to help us understand why it's hard.
  • States can work together on testing and certifying new voting equipment, and use the federal Elections Assistance Commission (EAC) as a resource.

If you’re interested in voting technology we’ve got lots behind the scenes—contact us!

Wendy Underhill covers election policy for NCSL. Katy Owens Hubler is an elections policy specialist at NCSL.

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