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The election went remarkably well. Here's how to make the next one even better.

We haven't yet seen evidence that would cast doubt on the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential election — even with the unprecedented challenges of a global pandemic, the threat of foreign interference, civil unrest and greater turnout than any time since 1900. That counts as a resounding success.

Once the final tallies are certified, we need to thank the election administrators and poll workers whose heroic efforts preserved American democracy. After that, we need to assess what worked best and what needs to improve, so we can identify achievable steps to make future elections even more secure.

Based on what we know so far, here are five things that should be on the U.S. elections to-do list:

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Sara Gifford and Victor Allis co-founded ActiVote.

Meet the reformer: Sara Gifford, putting tech savvy to work for civics

In recent years, more and more technology experts have been developing new tools for boosting civic engagement. Sara Gifford embodies the trend. At the end of 2018 she set aside her budding tech career — after a decade at supply-chain software firm Quintiq she'd become chief operating officer for Dispatch, which makes software connecting home-service brands with contractors and clients — and co-founded ActiVote Inc. Its free app aims to increase political participation by giving voters access to information about candidates and elections, as well as encouraging their civic engagement. Her answers have been edited for clarity and length.

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We are a safe, nonpartisan space for voters to learn about their elections, the races, how to vote and which candidates believe what they believe. An informed voter feels empowered. And an empowered voter shows up to vote.

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A new website allows voters to document their experiences at polling locations.

Here is a last-minute tech solution to help you protect your ballot

Baird is a corporate and political communications and policy consultant. He was chairman of two subcommittees of the Science and Technology Committee while a Democratic congressman representing southwestern Washington from 1999 through 2010 .
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Emerging Technologies and Electoral Innovation

Organizers: Idaho Law Review and the McClure Center for Public Policy Research

This is part of the "Democracy Evolved: The Future of American Elections" event series. In 1870, the 15th Amendment was ratified, formally prohibiting vote denial on the basis of race. In 1920, the 19th Amendment was ratified, prohibiting vote denial on the basis of sex. In the 1960s, the Supreme Court established the one-person-one-vote principle and Congress enacted the Voting Rights Act. In 2000, the Supreme Court decided the presidential election in Bush v. Gore. In 2016, the country experienced one of the most controversial and polarizing elections in modern history. On the eve of the 2020 election, we examine American democracy and ask: Where are we now, and where might we be — in four years, 20 years, 50 years, 100 years or even 150 years from now?

Location: Webinar

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