Bipartisan Election Process Improvement Commission

About

To improve the election process in Fairfax County following the 2012 election, 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 < final report to the Board of Supervisors> on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.

The Bipartisan Election Process Improvement Commission was charged with examining these issues:

  • 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 be divided.
  • 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.
  • 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 be divided.
  • 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.