"Steps Could Improve Voter Registration Databases for November", Report from the National Academy of Sciences

This morning the National Academy of Sciences released an interim report, “State Voter Registration Databases: Immediate Action and Future Improvements, Interim Report.” This report represents the work to-date of the NAS panel on state voter registration databases, of which I am a member.

Here’s the press release:

April 8 — State and local election officials could enhance voter registration databases for the November elections by implementing several short-term changes, says a new report from the National Research Council. Officials could raise public awareness about the importance of writing legibly on voter registration cards and completing them fully; review names that are computer-flagged for removal from the database; and use online registration forms to improve list maintenance and reduce data entry errors.

It’s a report full of useful information and helpful recommendations. I urge all who are interested in the issue of voter registration and statewide voter registration databases to read it closely.