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Thursday
Mar282013

Obama Creates Bipartisan Election Commission

Chip Somodevilla/Eric Engman/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama has signed an executive order to create a new bipartisan commission tasked with finding ways to make voting easier and more efficient.

The Presidential Commission of Election Administration, which Obama first proposed in his State of the Union address, will be chaired by Bob Bauer and Ben Ginsberg, the general counsel for the president's re-election campaign and the national counsel for Mitt Romney's campaign, respectively.

According to the Executive Order, the commission will “identify best practices and otherwise make recommendations to promote the efficient administration of elections in order to ensure that all eligible voters have the opportunity to cast their ballots without undue delay, and to improve the experience of voters facing other obstacles in casting their ballots, such as members of the military, overseas voters, voters with disabilities, and voters with limited English proficiency.”

The president has directed the commission, which can include no more than nine members, to present findings within six months of their first public meeting.

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