No voter should have to stand in line for more than 30 minutes — that’s the goal of President Obama’s Presidential Commission on Election Administration, created to help problems that have hampered Americans’ experience at the polls in recent years.
Obama announced the bipartisan commission during last year’s State of the Union address, and ahead of this year’s agenda-setting speech on Jan. 28, met with its members Wednesday to discuss their findings and how best to implement them.
Reports during the 2012 election said many voters faced long lines and broken or older equipment at the polls.
“I think all of us share the belief that, regardless of party affiliation, that our democracy demands that our citizens can participate in a smooth and effective way,” the president told reporters before meeting with the commission. “I called on Congress to work with us, but I also thought that it was important for us to have a bipartisan, independent panel that could actually dig into the facts and try to determine what can we do to improve this situation.”
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