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The Elections We Deserve

Most of the work produced by Washington’s bipartisan-industrial complex ends up in the National Library of Forgotten and Ignored Bipartisan Reports, where it rests undisturbed for posterity. The 96-page report released today by President Barack Obama’s bipartisan commission on election reform deserves a better fate.

The Presidential Commission on Election Administration, appointed last year after many embarrassing reports about Election Day in 2012 -- including the infamous story of the 102-year-old woman in Florida who had to wait three hours in line to vote -- was led by a Republican and a Democrat. In tone and content, its report is so resolutely practical that it’s hard to imagine its recommendations stirring much debate, much less controversy.