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By Amanda Buchanan

The big news in the elections world is that President Donald Trump signed an executive order to create the Presidential Commission on Election Integrity last week.

Voters wait in a line that wraps around the building and down the block outside the Eastern Market polling station to cast their ballots in the 2016 Presidential Elections in Washington, on November , 2016.The White House press release announcing the order says “The Commission on Election Integrity will study vulnerabilities in voting systems used for federal elections that could lead to improper voter registrations, improper voting, fraudulent voter registrations, and fraudulent voting. 

The commission will also study concerns about voter suppression, as well as other voting irregularities. The commission will utilize all available data, including state and federal databases.”

Appointments so far include Vice President Mike Pence as chair, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach as vice chair, and five members, including two Democrats. More appointments may be made soon.

A report will be due sometime in 2018.

If you’d like to learn more about voter registration and voting systems, come to NCSL’s conference, The Future of Elections: Technology, Funding and Policy, June 14-16 in Williamsburg, Va.

If security and integrity pique your interest, check out these scheduled sessions:

Elections Security: What States Can Do

The desire to achieve secure elections does not lend itself to an easy legislative mandate. Few understand what the Department of Homeland Security’s critical infrastructure designation actually means for states. Hear from national experts about the federal, state and local role in procedural and cyber security of elections.


  • Adam Ambrogi, Democracy Fund


  • Secretary of State Denise Merrill, Connecticut
  • Geoffrey Hale, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Edgardo Cortes, state election commissioner, Virginia
  • Ron Brandes, network security analyst.

Clean Voter Lists: A Gateway to Election Integrity

Efforts to seal up opportunities for voter fraud can begin with proactive and systematized efforts to clean voter rolls. Doing so helps everyone: voters, administrators, the general public (whose confidence goes up), and elected officials. Learn how.


  • Shane Hamlin, Electronic Registration Information Center
  • Representative Keith Esau, Kansas
  • Senator Cheryl Kagan, Maryland.

Registration is free for legislators and legislative staff. Review the agenda and register today. The deadline to reserve your hotel is this coming Friday, May 19.

Amanda Buchanan is a policy specialist in the elections and redistricting program.

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