The Center for Election Innovation & Research (CEIR) is a nonprofit whose core mission is to work with election officials and build confidence in elections that voters should trust and do trust. CEIR has a proven record of working with election officials from around the country and both sides of the aisle. Our team has spent decades building trust with key stakeholders in the field and is committed to a fiercely nonpartisan approach.
In 2016, David Becker founded CEIR in response to the historic decline in voter turnout and the impending threat of foreign interference that seeks to further divide our nation and depress citizen engagement.
CEIR’s two specific goals are to restore trust in the American election system and promote election procedures that encourage greater voter participation while ensuring election integrity and security. CEIR has worked with Democrats and Republicans to move states to paper ballots, audit those ballots, and improve overall cybersecurity of election systems, with the aim of renewing voters’ faith in our system. We have also managed difficult media narratives, ensuring voters could vote easily and conveniently, countering unsubstantiated voter fraud claims, and setting the record straight when it comes to foreign interference in our elections. In pursuing our mission, CEIR’s efforts focus on the following key program areas:
- Protecting Election Officials: Election officials in the U.S. are under unprecedented attack for doing their jobs. CEIR’s project the Election Official Legal Defense Network (EOLDN) matches licensed, qualified, pro bono attorneys with election administrators who need advice or assistance. Election officials can also request professional communications support. These services are available regardless of the election official’s political affiliation, or whether they work in a blue or red state or county.
- Promoting Effective Communication: Consistently telling the truth is a powerful way to counteract the malicious narratives fueling election denialism and antidemocratic sentiment nationwide. CEIR works with election officials, advocates, and other experts of both parties, as well as the media and civil society leaders, to help present a more unified, nonpartisan narrative with bipartisan support.
- Advocating for Enhanced Election Security: CEIR partners with states to implement research and technology-based solutions to secure election infrastructure, restore voter trust, and boost the long-term health of American democracy.
- Driving Practical Election Research: CEIR develops research, often in partnership with election experts from across the country, to help inform national and state-specific dialogues.
The Center for Election Innovation & Research is a public charity, exempt from federal income tax under 26 USC sec. 501(c)(3). CEIR’s Federal Employer Identification Number is 81-3815137.