The Brennan Center's research provides empirical findings and original analyses on issues ranging from voting rights to campaign finance, from ending mass incarceration to preserving constitutional protections in the fight against terrorism. Our studies are the product of teams of attorneys, economists, and policy experts developed to provide the public and press with data needed to analyze challenges facing the 2016 elections and our democratic system.



Briefing Memo: Debunking the Voter Fraud Myth

Claims have circulated this election season about the extent of voter fraud. But putting rhetoric aside to look at the facts makes clear fraud is vanishingly rare, and does not happen on a scale even close to that necessary to “rig” an election.

Briefing Memo: Voting system security and Reliability risks

After recent reports of hacking, this briefing memo describes what the risks to America’s voting system security really are — and what states, localities, and voters can do to prevent successful attacks against the integrity of our elections.

The Move to Base Redistricting on Voters, not People

Evenwel v. Abbott, a challenge out of Texas currently before the Supreme Court, may decide whether states must change the way legislative districts are drawn. If the challengers prevail, the nationwide impact may be greater than previously assumed.

Briefing memo: Dangers of “Ballot Security” Operations

After recent claims of a "rigged" election, some called for police and volunteers to monitor the polls. This briefing memo outlines why "ballot security" operations are risky — and how to prevent intimidation, discrimination, and disruption. 

U.S. Voting Machines at Risk

America's voting machines are rapidly aging out. In 2016, 43 states will use electronic voting machines that have reached the end of their expected lifespan. This report examines the challenges associated with using outdated equipment and the new technologies that can help solve the impending crisis.


In a democracy, the aim should be to get everyone who can vote to vote. This comprehensive study looks at how automatic, permanent registration could add up to 50 million eligible voters to the rolls, save money, and increase accuracy.