By executive order, President Obama on Thursday established a nine-member commission to study ways of shortening lines and simplifying ballots at the nation’s polling places.
The Presidential Commission on Election Administration will issue a “best practices guide” for state and local election officials to “improve voters’ experience at the polls under their existing election laws,” a White House spokesman said.
The panel, to be co-chaired by former Rep. Bob Bauer (attorney for the Obama campaign) and Ben Ginsburg (attorney for the Romney campaign), is “advisory in nature,” and it must submit a final report within six months of its first public meeting.
The executive order says the commission “shall identify best practices and otherwise make recommendations to promote the efficient administration of elections in order to ensure that all eligible voters have the opportunity to cast their ballots without undue delay, and to improve the experience of voters facing other obstacles in casting their ballots, such as members of the military, overseas voters, voters with disabilities, and voters with limited English proficiency.”
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