Reforms at the state level would work better than a one-size-fits-all directive from Congress
This op-ed was co-authored by SEP Co-Chairs Trey Grayson and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, and was originally published in Roll Call.
The past year has seen some of the fastest and most complex changes in election laws and procedures in generations due to the pandemic.
Across the country, Congress, the executive branch, courts, state legislatures, governors, and state and local election administrators all responded — often without coordination — to the worst pandemic in a century, which happened to hit during a general election year.
These changes and the postelection reaction to them have spawned confusion and a raft of self-defeating policy proposals in states across the country. But there are commonsense reforms that our election system still needs.