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September 19, 2005

Final Report by Federal Commission on Election Reform Now Available

The commission, headed by former president Jimmy Carter and former secretary of state James A. Baker III, has issued its final report, Building Confidence in U.S. Elections (7.6 MB). Significant reforms have been recommended, including a uniform voter ID card, verified paper trails for electronic voting machines, and nonpartisan, independent administration of elections, among other recommendations.

I'm particularly interested by the call for a national voter ID card, considering that Georgia now has a state requirement for a valid photo ID in order to vote (Provisional ballots are available to those without ID on election day, but with a requirement to produce photo ID within the following days or else the ballot becomes invalid). Georgia's law has been criticized as a new poll tax.

Yours, &c., LC | 01:50 PM | Legal , Politics , Reference | TrackBack (0)

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