3/25/2005

Good news for your weekend

From Reuters:
Former President Jimmy Carter will lead a bipartisan commission to examine problems with the U.S. election system, American University's Center for Democracy and Election Management said on Thursday. Carter, a Democrat whose Carter Center has monitored more than 50 elections around the world, will co-chair the private commission with Republican James Baker, who served as Secretary of State under President George H. W. Bush. Former Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle, a Democrat who lost his seat in the 2004 election, will also participate. "I am concerned about the state of our electoral system and believe we need to improve it," Carter said in a statement. He said the group will assess "issues of inclusion" in federal voting and propose recommendations to improve the process. "We will try to define an electoral system for the 21st century that will make Americans proud again," he said...The Center for Democracy and Election Management, which will organize the work of Carter's commission, said the group would hold two public hearings - the first on April 18 at American University in Washington and the second at Houston's Rice University in June. The Commission on Federal Election Reform aims to produce a report to Congress on its findings by September.

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