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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A ballot-labeling error in a Fulton County, Georgia, commissioners’ race was discovered when a consultant for the county election office identified a 4,200-vote drop-off in the contest for the commission chairman. Read More
A March 2014 Gallup poll demonstrated that 17 percent of Americans say mobile technology has increased their involvement in elections and other political activity “a lot.” Read More
In May 2013, the Sonoma County registrar’s office began a “going green” initiative that encourages registered voters to participate in environmentally friendly election efforts. Read More