Washington, D.C. – Secretary Dan Glickman and Senator Olympia Snowe, co-chairs of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s (BPC) Commission on Political Reform, and Heather Gerken, a member of the BPC commission, reacted to the final report of the Presidential Commission on Election Administration out this morning:
“Today’s release of the Presidential Commission on Election Administration’s final report comes at a critical time for our nation’s electoral system infrastructure. Americans should never have to wait for hours in line to cast their ballots, to vote on broken machines, or to find their registration record to be inaccurate. The Presidential Commission’s comprehensive slate of recommendations based on hard data, expert testimony, and research make an important contribution to election improvements,” said Snowe and Glickman.
“The Bipartisan Policy Center’s Commission on Political Reform is currently weighing many of these same issues as we seek achievable solutions to America’s partisan political divide and prepare to advocate for specific electoral and congressional reforms to help Americans achieve shared national goals. We were honored to host the Presidential Commission’s co-chairs at our public meeting in Ohio last year as well as to coordinate substantive policy discussions for members of the Presidential Commission as it completed its important work. We applaud their effort and pledge to engage on these issues in the years ahead to restore our democratic institutions to leading examples for the world to follow,” they continued.
“It is often difficult to find agreement in this fraught political environment, particularly in the area of election administration. The Presidential Commission proves that serious-minded people from both sides of the aisles can find common ground when it comes to creating the election system the American people deserve,” said Gerken.
Launched in March 2013, BPC’s Commission on Political Reform will identify concrete but achievable reforms to the nation’s congressional gridlock and electoral-system dysfunction while promoting public service. In June 2014, the commission will issue its final recommendations.