Memories of Long Lines and Machine Malfunctions Prompt Election Grants

Publication: Chronicles of Philanthropy

Author: Suzanne Perry


06/26/2008 - Foundations and charities involved in get-out-the-vote activities are expecting a heavy turnout for November's presidential election. But they are also worried about what will happen once the voters get to the polls.

Some grant makers are spending money to try to head off the administrative glitches that have marred recent national elections, such as machine malfunctions, excessively long lines, and voters improperly purged from registration rolls.

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The Pew Charitable Trusts has committed more than $20-million since 2000 to projects to fix the nation's election system, says Michael Caudell-Feagan, director of the foundation's Make Voting Work project in Washington.

"Foundations over recent election cycles have become aware that we need to fix the base elements of the way the election system performed so that those already energized and mobilized to vote will come away with some level of confidence in the integrity of the election system," says Mr. Caudell-Feagan.

Read the complete article Memories of Long Lines and Machine Malfunctions Prompt Election Grants on The Chronicle of Philanthropy's Web site. (subscription required) 

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