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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Nearly five years ago, the Uniform Law Commission approved a model law, the Uniform Military and Overseas Voters Act, designed to help resolve longstanding, widespread voting problems in federal, state, and local elections for American military personnel and citizens overseas. Read More
Since 2002, California has allowed citizens to become permanent mail voters, receiving absentee ballots for all elections. As of the June 2014 primary, more than 8 million Californians had signed up for permanent mail voting, and in the last two general elections, more than half of the ballots in the state have been mail ballots. But there is disagreement about whether the state or counties... Read More
The Massachusetts secretary of state’s office recently announced that the state now allows eligible citizens to register to vote and update their address and political party affiliation entirely online. Massachusetts joins 20 other states and the District of Columbia in offering voters this efficient and convenient option. Similar systems are being built in at least six other states. Read More