By Saige Draeger
As sessions wind down throughout most of the country, legislators are swamped with reading bills and figuring out how to vote.
This is oftentimes easier said than done.
After all, election legislation is nuanced and complex—a seemingly small change can have ripple effects that extend throughout the voting process, be it before, during or after an election.
To help, the NCSL elections team created a bill rubric, designed to help legislators craft and assess effective legislation. The election bill rubric provides deliberation points intended to give lawmakers a starting point for analysis and discussion.
While every election bill is different, most affect the following five areas in some way:
o Would this bill have a disparate effect on particular groups of voters?
o Would it affect turnout?
o How might it affect voter confidence?
o How might election officials feel about this bill?
o How might this bill change their timelines, workload or other responsibilities?
Costs and Funding
o How much would implementation cost?
o Who will pay for it?
o How might this bill affect cybersecurity?
o How might it affect physical security?
o Does this bill benefit one party over another?
o Is it an opportunity for bipartisanship?
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Saige Draeger is a policy associate in NCSL's Elections Program.