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Do We Really Want to Make Elections Better?

U.S. elections are poorly run, and getting worse. Will the report released today by the president's commission change anything?

In "stuff that matters" news, the Bauer-Ginsberg Commission on election administration issued its report today. Well, it's not clear that the commission is actually important, but the topic certainly is. U.S. elections are poorly run, and getting worse.

Election law expert Rick Hasen discusses the report here. The good news? The bipartisan commission, appointed by the president, has produced enormous amounts of useful and usable information about how to run elections, such as increased early voting, online voter registration and better coordination between state motor vehicle departments and election administration offices to truly fulfill the promise of Motor Voter laws.