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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Indiana election officials reported a steep increase in online voter registration activity ahead of the state’s April 4 registration deadline for the May primary. During the final week, more than 90,000 Hoosiers logged on to Indiana’s online voter registration site, with a one-day peak on March 28 of just over 33,500 registration transactions. These figures indicate significant growth... Read More
The Pew Charitable Trusts recently released a new interactive tool—based on a survey of the 31 states that, along with the District of Columbia, offer online voter registration—showing that this service is cost-effective for states, easy and convenient for voters, and more accurate and secure than paper forms, reducing the potential for fraud by instantly verifying voters’... Read More