Voting Reform Gets New Life

Publication: National Journal

Author: Eliza Newlin Carney

04/13/2009 - In the wake of a landmark survey showing that registration problems blocked as many as 3 million eligible voters from casting ballots last November, lawmakers on Capitol Hill are hunting once again for ways to fix the broken election system.

The most likely targets for legislative action this year are voter registration and the obstacles that snarl the absentee ballot process for millions of military and overseas voters. There's also growing interest in collecting better data to measure how well states run their elections, using yardsticks and performance rankings.


State data collection methods are so spotty and inconsistent, said Doug Chapin, director of election initiatives at the Pew Center on the States, that it can be hard to even assess which election problems most need fixing.

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