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March 28, 2013 - 12:45 pm

President Obama issued an executive order this afternoon establishing a Presidential Commission on Election Administration.

The nine-member commission, all appointed by the president, will be tasked with promoting “the efficient administration of Federal elections and to improve the experience of all voters.”

Members “shall be drawn from among distinguished individuals with knowledge about or experience in the administration of State or local elections, as well as representatives of successful customer service-oriented businesses, and any other individuals with knowledge or experience determined by the President to be of value to the Commission.”

Two members will be selected by Obama to co-chair the commission. Members won’t have salaries but will be able to claim travel expenses.

“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,” the executive order states.

The panel will have to submit a report with recommendations to Obama within six months of its first meeting. Thirty days after that report is in, the commission will be disbanded.

Democrats lauded the executive order.

“Making it harder for citizens to vote is a violation of their civil rights,” Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) said. “The 2012 elections were a wakeup call. All over the country, in red states and blue states, Americans saw their fundamental right to vote eroded by exceptionally long lines, confusing rules and voting machine malfunctions. President Obama today is following through on his promise to confront this widespread voter disenfranchisement by convening a bipartisan commission to develop recommendations for preventing it from ever happening again.”

“I look forward to continue working with a true American hero and Civil Rights leader Congressman John Lewis and other leaders to pass our legislation to ensure voting is easy and accessible, and every American’s voice is heard,” said Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.). “I thank President Obama for his commitment to working with us to achieve this moral imperative.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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A blue ribbon commission! With the ear of the president himself! Stop the presses!

Come on, this is the way DC has worked for decades. The commision will be stacked with people who couldn't score Czar gigs. The report will blame gun-nut redstate Neanderthals for all voter problems. Film at 11.
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The nine-member commission, all appointed by the president, will be tasked with promoting “the efficient administration of Federal elections and to improve the experience of all voters" whether they are citizens, dead or alive, or not, and for how many times they want to vote, for this is a moral imperative, or not.
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the federal government has no role to play in elections, by design. if our affirmative action el presidente had actually had to go to class to get a grade, or worked to earn something honestly in his life, he might have learned more about this country, other than how to follow alinski's rules for radicals to try to overthrow it. his simplistic commie-like motives are the only transparent thing about him.
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Maybe the Black Panthers will have a representative on the commission....

This is just more politicking; a meaningless gesture. Of course, the Stupid Party will rise to the bait. "Squirrel!"
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"the efficient administration of Federal elections..."

There is no such thing as a federal election. All elections are conducted by the states even for federal offices like the office of president.

PS I intentionally do not capitalize federal or president. Capitalizing them implies a lever of respect they no longer deserve. I suggest others do the same.
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There are no federal elections, How can the federal govt even fund travel and copy expenses?
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From a DEEP Blue State, we have an "election law subcommittee" that has demonstrated a diabolical capacity to expand the voter roles, reduce voting protections and reduce voter capacities to call for reconsideration of perverse legislation. All this in an effort promote the rules that need to be established that (unlike the present rules) would not weigh down the Democratic process, and make long lines at the polling place. We need facilitate progressive voting at warp speed please.

Just hope these committed apparatchiks aren't discovered.
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So naturally the answer is another layer of bureaucrats running a commission with recommendations that administration will ignore. Simpson/Bowles anyone?

I'm guessing the biggest issue here is how to get more dead people voting and elections officials to vote more than 6 times without getting caught.
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