President Obama Announces Election Reform Commission

In last night’s State of the Union address, President Obama announced the formation of a new election reform commission:

When any American — no matter where they live or what their party — are denied that right because they can’t wait for five or six or seven hours just to cast their ballot, we are betraying our ideals. So…

So, tonight, I’m announcing a nonpartisan commission to improve the voting experience in America. And it definitely needs improvement. I’m asking two long-time experts in the field — who, by the way, recently served as the top attorneys for my campaign and for Governor Romney’s campaign — to lead it. We can fix this. And we will. The American people demand it, and so does our democracy.

(For a full transcript, see the Washington Post.)

Of course, we’ll follow this commission as it does it’s work, and hope that the commission takes a good look at the 2012 pre-election report from the Caltech/MIT Voting Technology Project, “Voting: What Has Changed, What Hasn’t, & What Needs Improvement”, and the VTP’s post-2012 election update.