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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Pew’s Voting Information Project (VIP) will offer free apps and tools for the 2014 election that deliver polling place locations and ballot information across a range of technology platforms. Read More
Michigan’s open primary system allows voters to cast ballots in either party’s primary, but a ballot is considered “spoiled” if it includes votes for candidates from both parties. Read More
The Washington secretary of state’s office is featuring new research on the costs of transitioning the state to mail voting. The study covers the period from 1992, when 17.5 percent of Washington’s ballots were cast by mail, to 2012, when the state began running all elections by mail. Read More