David Becker directs Pew’s election initiatives. He supervises work in election administration, including research and reform efforts to improve military and overseas voting; assess election performance through better data; use technology to provide voters with information they need to cast a ballot; and upgrade voter registration systems.
As the lead for Pew’s analysis and advocacy on elections issues, Becker oversees research and works with states to modernize registration systems. He also testifies before state legislatures and other government entities, presents at relevant conferences across the country, serves as a media resource, and identifies and implements partnerships.
Before joining Pew, Becker served as a senior trial attorney in the Voting Section of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, where he led numerous investigations into violations of federal voting laws regarding redistrictings, minority-language voter rights, voter intimidation, and vote dilution. He also served as lead counsel for the United States on litigation over statewide redistricting in Georgia in 2001, which was ultimately decided by the Supreme Court in Georgia v. Ashcroft. In addition, he supervised federal monitoring of elections and helped direct Department of Justice policy on enforcing the Help America Vote Act.
Becker received both his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of California, Berkeley.
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After a successful election season in 2014, VIP is looking for ways to further improve the quantity and quality of data it provides through its voting information look up tools: the Voting Information Tool; iOS and Android Apps, and a short messaging service, or SMS. Working in collaboration with the states to standardize, process, and certify official election data, such as polling place and... Read More
Election night results reporting is often the most public part of an election official’s job. Consolidating returns from jurisdictions that employ various data formatting, vendors, and equipment can be difficult. Read More
For the 2014 general election, the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s office wanted to expand the reach of its election data so more voters could easily access the information they needed to cast their ballots. It turned to Pew’s Voting Information Project (VIP). Read More