The Presidential Commission on Election Administration is slated to present its more than 100-page report to President
“Our aim was to transcend partisan divisions and view election administration as public administration that must heed the expressed interests and expectations of voters,” Bauer, counsel to Obama’s campaigns, and Ginsberg, counsel to Republican
The panel members noted that the problems they uncovered -- including disorganization, poorly designed ballots and bad planning -- disproportionately affect certain groups, including military voters overseas, voters who speak limited English and voters with disabilities.
The commission included election officials from across the country and largely targeted changes made at the state level. Its top four recommendations are:
– States should continue to increase alternative voting opportunities before election day, such as early voting or vote by mail.
– Local officials should more carefully distribute resources. The commission posted a resource allocation calculator on its website, www.supportthevoter.gov, to help officials determine how many voting machines and volunteers should be posted at each polling place.
– Federal officials need to reform voting-machine technology regulations. The commission warned of an "impending crisis" as voting machines purchased a decade ago, after the last major election reforms were enacted, need to be replaced. New certification standards would help local officials buy the most affordable and best new equipment, the commission found.
Bauer and Ginsberg are due to meet with Obama and Vice President