At a recent Rose Garden ceremony, former President Jimmy Carter presented President George W. Bush with the final report of the National Commission on Federal Election Reform. This high profile event took place only a few weeks after the release of the Constitution Project’s report on election reform and a Cal Tech/MIT study on election technology. Many hope that the combined weight of these reports will help spur Congress to action on election reform legislation when it reconvenes in the fall.
But it’s possible that the most important change is coming regardless of what happens in the next legislative session. The 2000 election might have spelled the beginning of the end of the traditional polling place. We should make sure that does not happen.
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