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Franken lawyer seeks overhaul of voter registration system

WASHINGTON, D.C — Marc Elias, lead recount lawyer for Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., has resurfaced as part of a bipartisan group looking to overhaul the country’s voter registration process.

Elias and Trevor Potter — general counsel for both of Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaigns — will chair the Committee to Modernize Voter Registration. Both say their experiences have “persuaded them that the country needs to move toward a more automated registration system,” according to The New York Times.

While the details have yet to be worked out, Elias and Potter said that they had not heard much opposition to their general idea.

Comments (4)

  1. Submitted by Tim Nelson on 09/01/2009 - 09:02 am.

    Lets see, the best idea in the health care bill is automation. The worst aspect, from the point of view of car dealers, is the poorly designed automation in the cash for clunkers program.

    Therefor, in my opinion, automation is not the issue. The design of the automation is the issue.

    And will require the use of a computer for those who have never used one. A paper record is likely, for a shrinking demographic group.

  2. Submitted by Jean Sanford on 09/01/2009 - 12:30 pm.

    A photo ID would have to be required and people would have to be registered for 20 days. No same-day registration. That way information would be verifiable.

    Former President Carter and former Sec. of State Baker worked on a voter registration task force after the Florida problems in 2000. Their commission stated that there had to be a national photo ID required for voting. We already have so many state and national IDs, it would work for me.

  3. Submitted by Eric Ferguson on 09/01/2009 - 04:02 pm.

    Jean, what’s the evidence same day registration or the lack of ID requirements has allowed any fraud at all? The only effect I see is to stop legitimate voters from voting.

    Besides, I get the impression automation means not computerized forms, but pulling registration directly form other records, like drivers licenses. North Dakota doesn’t have registration, and some countries essentially use public records to form voter lists. I think that’s the automation being referred to.

    Sec. of State Ritchie has previously proposed using drivers licenses, and updating records through postal change of addresses so there’s no need to keep re-registering, but these haven’t gotten past the governor’s veto yet

  4. Submitted by Tim Nelson on 09/01/2009 - 05:12 pm.

    If so, Eric, that is a poor definition of automation.

    Some lawyers should get a family member to come along to explain what they just said.

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