Bringing Elections into the 21st Century: Voter Registration Modernization

Bringing Elections into the 21st Century: Voter Registration Modernization

America's current voter registration system is outdated, costly and inaccurate. A recent study estimates that more than two million voters were unable to cast a ballot in the 2008 general election due to registration problems.

The Bringing Elections into the 21st Century: Voter Registration Modernization brief reviews the underperformance of the current voter registration system and recommends a 21st century, data-driven registration system that would:

  • Utilize multiple official data sources to put eligible voters on the rolls and ensure the accuracy of lists;
  • Make voter registration more portable for voters who move or change status;
  • Establish a fail-safe method for eligible voters who are omitted from the rolls or whose records contain an error to cast a ballot; and
  • Ensure states maintain control of their voter rolls, while allowing for common standards and data exchanges across state lines.

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How does broadband internet reach our homes, phones, and tablets? What kind of infrastructure connects us all together? What are the major barriers to broadband access for American communities?

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What Is Antibiotic Resistance—and How Can We Fight It?

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Antibiotic-resistant bacteria, also known as “superbugs,” are a major threat to modern medicine. But how does resistance work, and what can we do to slow the spread? Read personal stories, expert accounts, and more for the answers to those questions in our four-week email series: Slowing Superbugs.

Explore Pew’s new and improved
Fiscal 50 interactive

Your state's stats are more accessible than ever with our new and improved Fiscal 50 interactive:

  • Maps, trends, and customizable charts
  • 50-state rankings
  • Analysis of what it all means
  • Shareable graphics and downloadable data
  • Proven fiscal policy strategies


Welcome to the new Fiscal 50

Key changes include:

  • State pages that help you keep track of trends in your home state and provide national and regional context.
  • Interactive indicator pages with highly customizable and shareable data visualizations.
  • A Budget Threads feature that offers Pew’s read on the latest state fiscal news.

Learn more about the new and improved Fiscal 50.