On September 8, 2020, the APSA Council approved the creation of an Election Assistance Task Force to leverage the expertise and experience of political scientists to support free, fair, and open elections in the United States on November 3, 2020 and thereafter. Consistent with the APSA bylaws, the Task Force on Election Assistance is non-partisan.
The purpose of the task force is to foster broader knowledge and understanding of non-partisan election assistance, including resources on non-partisan voter mobilization organizations, poll worker recruitment, technical aid to election officials implementing new systems, voter registration, the prevention of voter intimidation and disenfranchisement, and an understanding of how political scientists empirically identify and measure voter fraud.
The Task Force will support the creation of educational information that colleagues can use in their classes to be shared via APSA Educate, promote wider awareness of political science on elections, and/or writing blog posts focused on this topic that could be shared through the APSA RAISE the Vote initiative, and the APSA Election Reflection Series. Finally, Task Force members will serve as a resource for media inquiries, and will receive media training as needed.
Nominations, including self-nominations, for Committee membership can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.