Obama plans voting commission; Florida may be ground-zero for review

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President Barack Obama will announce a bipartisan presidential voting commission to focus on improving the Election Day experience, The Huffington Post reports.

The commission is one of a number of efforts the Obama administration is making to address the problems that plagued voting on Election Day 2012. The commission, which will focus specifically on Election Day issues and not broader voting reform, will likely be co-chaired by one Republican and one Democratic lawyer.

Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez, head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, said in an interview with HuffPost last week that the administration was considering a wide range of options in response to the voting problems of the 2012 election.

“What we’re doing right now is evaluating what are the options out there, what are the ideas, and trying to come to consensus about what can be done, whether it’s supporting legislation that has been offered or will be offered, regulatory or other executive actions,” Perez said. “We’re trying to assess right now, so I really can’t get too specific.”

Perez said voting reforms were a top priority for the Obama administration in its second term. He said he had spoken with Attorney General Eric Holder in the early morning the day after the election.

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