Beltway Happenings
Sept. 19, 2005--Former President Jimmy Carter and former Secretary of State James A. Baker III announced findings of the Commission on Federal Election Reform in the Hall of Columns at the U.S. Capitol.  The Commission's report, "Building Confidence in U.S. Elections," contained 87 recommendations in eight broad areas.  The recommendation for a national voter ID, specifically the new REAL ID driver's license, proved particularly controversial. >  The Commission even addressed the presidential primary calendar, recommending a rotating regional primary system, while keeping the first-in-the-nation status of Iowa and New Hampshire.  Robert A. Pastor, executive director of the Commission, is to Carter's left and several members of the 21-person Commission can be seen behind Baker.  American University's Center for Democracy and Election Management organized the the Commission.
Carter-Baker Commission on Federal Election Reform
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