ELEC was established by a team of researchers from the Voter Integrity Project of North Carolina along with that group’s founders, John Pizzo and Jay DeLancy.
John primarily leads the crowd-sourced research for VIP and Jay heads that group’s policy development. But the structure of that organization limited their ability to perform the education mission in a more professional manner. Thus, Election Law Education Center was created.
ELEC directs their efforts toward making sure election administrators are properly trained and oriented to consider voter fraud on at least the same plane as they do voter intimidation. While both actions are an infringement on civil rights, there needs to be a more balanced approach and that’s sorely missing.
As a result, election law changes are never measured in terms of the risk they pose to the integrity of the election itself. Examples include the processes of address-verification, voter identity process, new-registrations, same-day registrations, and redistricting, All of these tasks, if performed in secrecy, erode public trust in the electoral process. They also invite people who test the limits of getting caught. In the end, they learn how to get away with cheating to win elections . . . and they make a lot of money in the process!
The first line of defense against such abuses are the election administrators and observers. The training of these individuals is a key interest of ELEC, but the best training cannot change a corrupt heart. And this brings us to the second line of defense.
The most important federal rights laws that involve voting (1965 Voting Rights Act, 1993 National Voting Right Act, and 2003 Help America Vote Act) all include something called “private right of action.” This means private citizens can legally punish persons and government entities which willfully infringe on our right to vote.
All of those laws were based on the assumption that governments and government employees will treat all parties evenhandedly. After ten years of experience researching this problem, we’ve concluded that the abuse of governmental power can also lead to corrupt election results.
That’s where ELEC’s litigation hammer comes into force. Among the types of cases we will pursue, voter rights will be at the top of our list. You can also expect to see cases of malfeasance and misfeasance by persons or agencies involved in the voting process. And of course, we will also seek access to public records.
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