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New Bipartisan Voting Commission Voting: An Important Step

Tonight, the president spoke powerfully of the need to reform the way we run elections in America. His appointment of a new bipartisan commission is an important step. This should be a critical part of the larger mission of modernizing elections so every eligible citizen can vote and have that vote counted.

February 13, 2013

Tonight, Pres­id­ent Barack Obama high­lighted voting reform for the third time in a major national address. The Bren­nan Center for Justice released the follow­ing state­ment from Pres­id­ent Michael Wald­man:

“Tonight, the pres­id­ent spoke power­fully of the need to improve the way we run elec­tions in Amer­ica. He’s abso­lutely right. His appoint­ment of a new bipar­tisan commis­sion is an import­ant step, focus­ing on improv­ing the exper­i­ence of voters. This should be a crit­ical part of the larger mission of modern­iz­ing elec­tions so every eligible citizen can vote and have that vote coun­ted. The moving story of Desil­ine Victor, told by the pres­id­ent tonight, under­scores how vital this mission is. We urge the commis­sion to think boldly, and we urge the Congress to do its part by enact­ing minimum national stand­ards to modern­ize elec­tions.”

Last week, the Bren­nan Center released a three-part plan to fix long lines at the polls. Read this New York Times edit­or­ial endors­ing the Center’s Voter Regis­tra­tion Modern­iz­a­tion proposal.

For more inform­a­tion, or to set up an inter­view with one of the Center’s voting experts, please contact Erik Opsal at erik.opsal@nyu.edu or 646–292–8356.