Carter, Baker to head election reform effort

Carter, Baker to head election reform effort

[JURIST] Former President Jimmy Carter and former Secretary of State James Baker will co-chair the newly-formed Commission on Federal Election Reform [AU press release], a private, bipartisan panel whose members include former Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle, former House Minority Leader Bob Michel, and former US Representatives Lee Hamilton and Susan Molinari. The commission will be staffed by American University's Center for Democracy and Election Management [official website] and is charged with investigating inclusion and integrity problems that arose during the 2004 election [JURIST news archive]. The panel will also examine the implementation of the Help American Vote Act [text] and propose recommendations to improve the electoral process. The commission's report is expected to be released in September. AP has more.