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The DNC is already preparing for the next presidential election. Photo: David Hume Kennerly/Getty Images

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) is changing the way it processes voter file data to make the Democratic Party more competitive in 2020, Raffi Krikorian, the group's chief technology officer, told Axios.

Why it matters: Democrats are trying to fix what went wrong for them in 2016 by overhauling their entire tech operation, from data management to email strategies.

  • National Democrats admit the Republican Party was more effective in targeting voters and having smart conversations with them during the last presidential election. "There's a pretty amazing energy in the progressive tech industry right now," Krikorian said. "We want to make sure we have the best people aligned around the Democratic Party."

The gritty details: The DNC processes voter files from each Board of Elections or Secretary of State and currently uses a single vendor, TargetSmart, to get additional information about each voter, like a change of address or their consumer history.

  • Krikorian told Axios that having three vendors — one each for data hygiene, consumer data, and social data — would make the DNC more competitive in 2020.
  • "We have two years to perfect this new system," said Krikorian, adding that "we don't want to disrupt" the 2018 election.
  • Election security is at the top of the DNC's agenda in November. Kriokrian noted that, if one of its vendors were compromised, it would only be a part of the DNC's system, rather than the entire service handling voter data.

The bottom line: The Democratic Party is often criticized for not having a unified message, but the DNC is working years in advance to figure out the best way to have a conversation with voters — something they didn't perfect in 2016.

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In photos: The Biden and Harris inauguration

President Biden and first lady Jill Biden watch a fireworks show on the National Mall from the Truman Balcony at the White House on Wednesday night. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

President Biden signed his first executive orders into law from the Oval Office on Wednesday evening after walking in a brief inaugural parade to the White House with First Lady Jill Biden and members of their family. He was inaugurated with Vice President Kamala Harris at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday morning.

Why it matters: Many of Biden's day one actions immediately reverse key Trump administration policies, including rejoining the Paris Agreement and the World Health Organization, launching a racial equity initiative and reversing the Muslim travel ban.

Republicans pledge to set aside differences and work with Biden

President Biden speaks to Sen. Mitch McConnell after being sworn in at the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. Photo: Erin Schaff-Pool/Getty Images

Several Republicans praised President Biden's calls for unity during his inaugural address on Wednesday and pledged to work together for the benefit of the American people.

Why it matters: The Democrats only have a slim majority in the Senate and Biden will likely need to work with the GOP to pass his legislative agenda.

The Biden protection plan

Joe Biden announces his first run for the presidency in June 1987. Photo: Howard L. Sachs/CNP/Getty Images

The Joe Biden who became the 46th president on Wednesday isn't the same blabbermouth who failed in 1988 and 2008.

Why it matters: Biden now heeds guidance about staying on task with speeches and no longer worries a gaffe or two will cost him an election. His staff also limits the places where he speaks freely and off the cuff. This Biden protective bubble will only tighten in the months ahead, aides tell Axios.