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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The Denver Elections Division offered officials from around the country a rare opportunity to observe innovative voting technology and processes in action during an election. The pilot project, held during the May 5, 2015, municipal election, allowed observers to try new voting equipment, watch voters use the machines, and tour the ballot processing and tabulating center. Read More
On May 15, Florida Governor Rick Scott (R) signed into law S.B. 228, a bill authorizing online voter registration in the state and requiring that it be implemented by October 2017. This system will allow eligible Florida citizens to complete and submit a new voter registration application—or update existing information—electronically without having to print, sign, or mail any paper... Read More