Date Published: 2014-05-14
Author(s):Charles Stewart III, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Charles Stewart III testifies before the U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration on May 14th.
THERE IS A NEED FOR A MORE DATA-CENTERED APPROACH TO ELECTION ADMINISTRATION.
Election policymaking would greatly benefit from metrics-based policymaking, and the development of measures similar to those in policy areas like education and health care.
Elections are awash in data, managing elections is increasingly metrics-driven, and a growing network of experts is dedicated to a metrics-based approach to improving elections.
A major barrier to the development of metrics-based election administration is uncertainty about the future of the EAC.