Envisioning an Elections Future: Exploring the Technical, Organizational, and Policy Environments of Voter Registration


Project started on Jan. 1, 2021 (Completed)

The New York State Board of Elections (NYSBOE) has partnered with the Center for Technology in Government, at the University at Albany (CTGUAlbany) to explore the technical, organizational and policy environments in voter registration models in NYS and throughout the United States for the purposes of informing future NYSBOE investments. As the Election Law has been significantly amended to increase the use of technology, the State Board wanted to assess the alternative voter registration environments and State organizational systems.

The goal of this project is to:

  • Understand how current state-local data processes are carried out within a small number of counties representative of the systems and processes in place across the state.
  • How other states (top-down, bottom-up, and hybrid) carry out voter registration and the underlying technical and organizational structures on which they operate
  • Conduct a legal analysis to understand the evolving technical and data implications of the National Voter Registration Act and the NYS Election Laws
  • Explore and develop a working set of criteria for security and resiliency based on national standards from CISA, NIST and CIS
  • Identify the cost categories associated with the technical, organizational, and voter registration models currently in place in the US

Publications & Results


  • NYS Board of Elections (NYSBOE)
  • International Data Corporation (IDC)
  • Government Law Center, Albany Law School (GLC)

Funding Sources

This project is funded by the NYS Board of Elections.