Warning that public confidence in the nation's election system is flagging, Carter-Baker panel will call for photo IDs, trails & impartial oversight.
Warning that public confidence in the nation's election system is flagging, a commission headed by former president Jimmy Carter and former secretary of state James A. Baker III today will call for significant changes in how Americans vote, including photo IDs for all voters, verifiable paper trails for electronic voting machines and impartial administration of elections.
The report concludes that, despite changes required under the Help America Vote Act of 2002, far more must be done to restore integrity to an election system that suffers from sloppy management, treats voters differently not only from state to state but also within states, and that too often frustrates rather than encourages voters' efforts to participate in what is considered a basic American right.
The New York Times reports:
[The panel is proposing] that Congress require the political parties to hold four regional presidential primaries in election years rather than allowing states to hold primaries whenever they wish.
[In this connection, i]n presidential election years, after the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primaries, the other states should hold regional primaries and caucuses at monthly intervals in March, April, May and June, with the order rotated.