In 2016, David Becker founded The Center for Election Innovation & Research 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 works directly with both Republican and Democratic Secretaries of State and other election officials in states all over the country. In just a few short years, CEIR has had success getting more states to join ERIC (resulting in millions of new voters) and helping states to secure their election technology against foreign interference.
Our work helps states:
- Maintain Accurate and Complete Voter Lists: Many of the problems on Election Day that tend to sow mistrust and fuel voter fraud narratives stem from voter lists themselves. We help states maintain accurate and complete voter lists so that every eligible voter who wants to participate has an accurate record on the voter list, enabling them to avoid problems.
- Secure Election Technology Infrastructure: The threat of interference in US elections is real, but its goal is not always to change vote totals — it’s to erode trust in our electoral system. We are working with states to address vulnerabilities and prevent and detect future attacks, and confirm to their voters that their votes will be counted accurately.
As a trusted, independent resource for elections officials around the country, CEIR regularly receives requests from state governments and elections officials in both red and blue states to help ensure their rules are set in advance, their systems are secure, and their voters know about the positive changes taking place.