ELECTION REFORM

Federal election reform commission to hold hearing in Miami

 

Presidential Commission on Election Administration

Last month, President Barack Obama appointed ten people to the Presidential Commission on Election Administration. The commission was created following the president’s pledge to “identify non-partisan ways to shorten lines at polling places, promote the efficient conduct of elections, and provide better access to the polls for all voters.” Here are the names of the commission members and their background.

•  Robert F. Bauer (Co-Chair). Partner at Perkins Coie LLP and General Counsel to the Democratic National Committee.

•  Benjamin L. Ginsberg (Co-Chair). Partner at Patton Boggs LLP and former General Counsel to the Republican National Committee.

•  Brian Britton (Member) Vice President of Global Park Operations and Initiatives at Walt Disney World Company.

•  Joe Echevarria (Member) Chief Executive Officer of Deloitte LLP since June 2011 and chairs the University of Miami School of Business’s Board of Overseers.

•  Trey Grayson (Member) Director of the Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

•  Larry Lomax (Member) Clark County Registrar in Nevada and served on Pew Foundation Committee focused on modernizing our nation’s system of registering voters.

•  Michele Coleman Mayes (Member) Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary for the New York Public Library.

•  Ann McGeehan (Member) Assistant General Counsel of the Texas County and District Retirement System and previously served 22 years in the Elections Division of the Texas Secretary of State’s Office.

•  Tammy Patrick (Member) Federal Compliance Officer for the Maricopa County Elections Department in Arizona. In 2013, she became voting member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ working group on developing standards for a universal format for election results reporting.

•  Christopher Thomas (Member) Director of Elections in the Michigan Department of State since 1981.

SOURCE: White House


IF YOU GO

To learn more about the commission and its June 28 hearing, you can visit the commission website www.supportthevoter.gov. Or you can contact Mr. Mark Nejbauer, Designated Federal Officer, Presidential Commission on Election Administration, mark.nejbauer@supportthevoter.gov.

The June 28 hearing is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. at the University of Miami. The hearing will is scheduled to end at 5 p.m.


mcaputo@MiamiHerald.com

The bipartisan election reform commission established by President Barack Obama will meet later this month in Miami — the focal point for the state’s most-recent election meltdown.

The Presidential Commission on Election Administration is scheduled to meet all day Friday June 28 at the University of Miami to take testimony and public comments from local, county and state election officials and citizens, according to a notice published Wednesday in the Federal Register.

"The [commission] was established to identify best practices and make recommendations to the President on the efficient administration of elections in order to ensure that all eligible voters have the opportunity to cast their ballots without undue delay," the notice said, "and to improve the experience of voters facing other obstacles in casting their ballots."

When he announced the appointment of 10 commission members last month, Obama said the nation is “betraying our ideals” when voters face so many obstacles to cast a ballot.

Miami is a fitting site to discuss election problems. Some voters last November waited between five and eight hours to cast ballots, due partly to an unusually long ballot, a shortened early voting period and ill-prepared precincts.

But problems extended throughout Miami-Dade and into other large urban counties throughout Florida. But problems extended throughout Miami-Dade and into other large urban counties throughout Florida. It took several days after the Nov. 6 election for Florida to count all its votes.

Obama’s margin of victory in Florida over Republican challenger Mitt Romney was less than 1 percent — about 74,000 votes.

The face of the voting troubles: Desiline Victor, a North Miami woman who waited hours to vote despite her age of 102. She was featured in Obama’s State of the Union Speech, though a bill to be named in her honor died in the Florida Legislature.

Those wishing to attend the meeting are encouraged to contact the commission to ensure the meeting is held in a place that can accommodate all attendees.

To learn more about the commission and its June 28 hearing, you can visit the commission website http://www.supportthevoter.gov/. Or you can contact Mr. Mark Nejbauer, Designated Federal Officer, Presidential Commission on Election Administration, mark.nejbauer@supportthevoter.gov.

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