About the Election Transparency Initiative

Why Election Transparency?

Conservatives must engage in the battle for election transparency and security or our ability to elect principled lawmakers and pass laws upholding our values will be greatly diminished, if not extinguished. The Elections Transparency Initiative is quickly mobilizing in coordination with our coalition partners to defeat the efforts of radical Washington Democrats to override state election laws through S. 1, while simultaneously working at the state level to achieve meaningful reforms.

Americans have the right to be confident that it is easy to vote and hard to cheat in our elections, but S. 1 would spell disaster for our Democracy and generations of diluted and disenfranchised American voters who may lack the trust and confidence that voting is even worth it anymore. The Senate must reject S. 1 and its attempt to force a Washington takeover of our elections into law. The reality is that the S. 1 is akin to a “Corrupt Politicians Act” that would undermine the right for every citizens’ vote to be cast and counted fairly and legally.

What We Do

  1. Work to defeat S. 1 legislation designed by extremists to override state elections laws, allow fraud to be committed on a massive scale, and disenfranchise the millions of American voters who may have little confidence their voice and vote is heard fairly and equally.
  2. Protect minority filibuster rights in the Senate from being abolished so S. 1 and other harmful, unpopular elements of the radical Democrat agenda can be forced into law by changing the Senate’s rules.
  3. Help enact laws promoting transparent, secure, and accountable elections in up to ten states where trust in our democratic system of elections has eroded.

What We Support

Policy Recommendations for State Governments:

  • Verify the accuracy of voter registration lists
  • Verify citizenship of voters
  • Require commonsense voter ID
  • Secure and verifiable absentee ballots
  • Prevent vote trafficking (ballot harvesting)
  • Allow election observers complete access to the election process
  • Prohibit early vote counting

What We Oppose

Policies State Governments Should Reject:

  • Same-day registration
  • Automatic voter registration
  • Private funding of election officials and government agencies
  • Any weakening of commonsense voter ID laws

Who We Are

Ken Cuccinelli

National Chairman

Ken Cuccinelli served in the federal government, first as the acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and then as the acting deputy secretary for the Department of Homeland Security. During his tenure, Cuccinelli was a leading spokesman for the administration on immigration, election security and homeland security issues, and was appointed by the president to serve as an original member of the Coronavirus Task Force upon the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to practicing law for over 25 years, Cuccinelli served in state government in the Virginia Senate from 2002-2010 and as Virginia’s attorney general from 2010-2014. Cuccinelli earned a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Virginia, a law degree from the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University, and a master’s in international transactions from George Mason University.

Michael Bars

Executive Director

Michael Bars is a communications and public affairs professional with more than 12 years of experience in the federal government, public policy, and politics. He has helped solve complex communications and messaging challenges for Cabinet officials, Members of Congress, national security executives, federal law enforcement agencies, non-profit leaders, political candidates, and issue advocates as a senior advisor, strategist, and spokesman. Michael previously served as Senior Communications Advisor at The White House, Director of Strategic Communications at the National Security Council, and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He is a Michigan native and graduate of the University of Notre Dame.