Technology for a 21st-Century Democracy
- Election Initiatives
- April 11, 2012
State governments can improve efficiency and cost-effectiveness when they work together to use the latest technology and apply proven solutions. A good example is the increasing collaboration among states to bring America's election system into the 21st century.
Eight states are establishing a data center that will address major issues identified in the Pew Center on the States' new report, "Inaccurate, Costly, and Inefficient." Among its findings:
- Approximately 24 million voter registrations in the United States — one of every eight — are no longer valid or have significant inaccuracies.
- At least 51 million eligible citizens remain unregistered — more than 24 percent of the eligible population.
- Nearly 2 million deceased individuals are listed as voters.
- Approximately 2.75 million people have registrations in more than one state.
About 12 million records have incorrect addresses, meaning that either the voters moved or errors in the information make it unlikely that any mailings can reach them.
Read the full article at governing.com.