Dangers of Partisan Incentives for Election Officials

April 6, 2022
ERN and Bipartisan Policy Center

Americans expect that elections will result in legitimate winners—individual candidates gaining elected office because they receive the most votes in a fair contest. Rising polarization and ongoing, unsubstantiated attacks on the 2020 presidential election have moved us away from this democratic ideal.

In The Dangers of Partisan Incentives for Election Officials, a joint report by ERN and the Bipartisan Policy Center, we examine why partisanship has been a long-standing issue in U.S. election administration, how the issue is getting worse with shifting political dynamics, and which solutions can reverse these trends.