To Assure Pride and Confidence in the Electoral Process: by Jimmy Carter, Gerald R. Ford, Lloyd N. Cutler, Robert H.

By Jimmy Carter, Gerald R. Ford, Lloyd N. Cutler, Robert H. Michel, Philip D. Zelikow

In 2000 the yankee electoral method was once verified by way of a political ordeal in contrast to any in residing reminiscence. no longer on account that 1876-77 has the end result of a nation's election remained so unsettled for therefore lengthy. The election's recount conundrum shook the nation's religion within the mechanisms that aid the democratic strategy. Led by means of former presidents Ford and Carter, the nationwide fee on Federal Reform undertook a research of the yank electoral procedure. this is often the ensuing document, which describes the place and what went incorrect in the course of the 2000 election, and makes transparent and particular strategies for reform, directed at nation govt, Congress, information agencies and others. This quantity additionally contains the whole textual content of the duty strength reviews from the fee.

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The controversial effort to clean up voter rolls in Florida was itself a reaction to prior scandals, especially the 1997 election for mayor of Miami, an election invalidated by the courts due to widespread vote fraud. The issue of voter lists now has well-drawn battle lines. Some argue that the“purging” of voter lists has been used to push minority voters off the rolls. Others maintain that “list maintenance” is essential to preventing fraud. A major development in this political struggle was the passage of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, the “motor voter” law often referred to by its acronym, NVRA.

The state must still let the voter cast some sort of ballot if the voter is registered in that jurisdiction and claims to have stayed in the same registrar’s jurisdiction (usually a county). Such a fail-safe ballot must be made available whether or not the registrar has sent a mailing to confirm the voter’s new address and whether or not the voter has replied to such a mailing, if the voter is willing to swear to or (in special circumstances) present evidence to verify the claim. 27 State practice follows no set pattern.

After Election Day 2000 California alone had more than a million absentee ballots waiting to be tallied over the following weeks. We know how difficult it will be for states that have already adopted such practices to roll them back. We do hope to do what we can to undermine the hitherto largely uncritical acceptance of this “convenient” trend and discourage states that have not yet traveled down this problematical path. Our concerns about early and remote voting plans are even stronger as we contemplate the possibility of Internet voting.

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