Fri Nov 16, 2012, 07:40 PM
sheshe2 (34,887 posts)
Justice Department already examining ways to make voting easier
Here’s to hope and change:
The Department of Justice is already exploring ways to “fix” the long lines and confusion voters faced when going to the polls this year…
Tom Perez, the assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s civil rights division, said this at the George Washington University Law Review symposium:
“The Justice Department is considering whether we need to propose concrete solutions, such as a national standards for counting provisional ballots for federal elections, to ensure that voters are not disenfranchised by moves close to an election, by appearing at the wrong polling place, or by simple poll workers’ errors.”
Perez also said it was time for the United States to rethink its system of partisan state and local election administration, which often leads both Democrats and Republicans to question officials’ motives behind election decisions.
He also embraced same-day voter registration and a system where individuals are automatically registered to vote by the government.
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Excellent News! (Original post)
Response to sheshe2 (Original post)
Fri Nov 16, 2012, 07:53 PM
Spazito (34,711 posts)
1. That's great news!
When President Obama, in his victory speech, said "By the way, we have to fix that" I figured there would be action started on how to do that very soon and am glad to see that affirmed in your OP!
“I want to thank every American who participated in this election,” he told supporters in Chicago. “Whether you voted for the very first time, or waited in line for a very long time. By the way, we have to fix that.”
Response to teddy51 (Reply #2)
Fri Nov 16, 2012, 08:50 PM
OldDem2012 (3,526 posts)
7. Because he does very little to put himself in front of the media?....
...afaic, the less an AG appears in the media, the more he's actually doing work behind the scenes.