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Voting Commission Ideas Can Significantly Improve Elections

The Presidential Commission on Election Administration issued recommendations today to improve the voting experience and reduce long lines. They make clear that there are bipartisan reforms that can be implemented now to transform voting.

January 22, 2014

The Pres­id­en­tial Commis­sion on Elec­tion Admin­is­tra­tion issued recom­mend­a­tions today to improve the voting exper­i­ence and reduce long lines.

The Bren­nan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law released the follow­ing state­ment:

“The Commis­sion’s report marks a signi­fic­ant advance in the way we think about voting,” said Michael Wald­man, Pres­id­ent of the Bren­nan Center for Justice. “Too often voting issues have been marked by partisan discord.  The Commis­sion makes clear that there are achiev­able, bipar­tisan reforms that can be imple­men­ted now to trans­form voting in Amer­ica.  Most import­antly, it recog­nizes that we can’t fix long lines until we first fix our outdated voter regis­tra­tion system.”

“The Commis­sion’s recom­mend­a­tions are a signi­fic­ant step forward,” added Wendy Weiser, Director of the Demo­cracy Program at the Bren­nan Center. “They make clear that nation­wide our voting systems have common prob­lems, which can be fixed with common, national solu­tions.  Espe­cially import­ant is the consensus that we need to modern­ize voter regis­tra­tion, make early voting avail­able to all Amer­ic­ans, and put systems in place so no one waits longer than 30 minutes to vote. These will be the new bench­marks against which future elec­tions will be judged.

“However, more must be done to make sure the voting system works for all Amer­ic­ans.  We need to fix the Voting Rights Act, which the Supreme Court evis­cer­ated last year, in order to protect against restrict­ive and often discrim­in­at­ory voting laws.  We look forward to work­ing with members of Congress and elec­tion offi­cials across the coun­try to modern­ize voting and bring our system into the 21st century.”

The Bren­nan Center’s recent report How to Fix the Voting System, outlines four ideas to improve elec­tions. Also see more on our signa­ture proposal, Voter Regis­tra­tion Modern­iz­a­tion.

For more inform­a­tion or to set up an inter­view, please contact Naren Daniel at naren.daniel@nyu.edu or 646–292–8381.