Bipartisan Election Process Improvement Commission
To improve the election process in Fairfax County, the Board of Supervisors created the Bipartisan Election Process Improvement Commission at its Nov. 20, 2012 meeting. The commission was charged with examining the issues listed below, as well as any other issues that commission members may deem appropriate. The commission presented a report to the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, which can be found below.
Consider optimal locations for precincts, the adequacy of parking
at each precinct and whether sufficient space is available for
stacking lines and carrying out operations effectively.
Analyze the size of precincts to determine if some precincts should
- Analyze a variety of issues associated with equipment, including number of voting machines, types of voting equipment, electronic poll books, and back-up machines. There should also be a review of accepted industry standards for how many machines per voter should exist at precincts.
- Examine practices for ensuring a sufficient number of election workers on Election Day as well as how the Registrar identifies and trains election workers. Consideration should be given to the barriers to becoming an election worker, appropriate training, instructional materials and reporting forms.
- Evaluate the process by which election officials are approved and dispatched to polls.
- Review the county’s absentee voting policy, including a review of both the by-mail and in-person voting processes.