To Assure Pride and Confidence in the Electoral Process: Report of the National Commission on Federal Election Reform

Jimmy Carter, Gerald R. Ford, Lloyd N. Cutler, Robert H. Michel, Philip D. Zelikow
Brookings Institution Press, 2004 M05 26 - 358 páginas

In 2000 the American electoral system was tested by a political ordeal unlike any in living memory. Not since 1876-77 has the outcome of a national election remained so unsettled for so long. The past election¡¯s recount conundrum shook the nation¡¯s faith in the mechanisms that support the democratic process. Led by former Presidents Ford and Carter, the National Commission on Federal Election Reform undertook a study of the American electoral system. The resulting report describes where and what went wrong during the 2000 election, and makes clear and specific recommendations for reform, directed at state government, Congress, news organizations, and others. This volume also includes the full text of the Task Force Reports from the Commission.

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Letter to the American People
Preface to the Report
Summary of Principal Recommendations
The Goals of Federal Election Reform
The Federal Government and the Federal Election System
A Democratic Process That Maintains an Accurate List of Citizens Who Are Qualified to Vote
A Democratic Process That Encourages Every Eligible Voter to Participate Effectively
A Democratic Process That Uses Equipment That Reliably Clarifies and Registers the Voters Choices
Endnotes to the Report
Additional Statement
About the National Commission on Federal Election Reform
Organizing and Sponsoring Institutions
Contributors to the Commissions Work
The Michigan Qualified Voter File A Brief Introduction
Task Force on the Federal Election System
Task Force on Constitutional and Federal Election Law

A Democratic Process That Handles Close Elections in a Foreseeable and Fair Way
A Democratic Process That Reflects Limited but Responsible Federal Participation
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Jimmy Carter was the 39th President of the United States. Gerald R. Ford was the 38th President of the United States. Lloyd N. Cutler was a founding member of law firm Wilmer, Cutler, and Pickering. Robert H. Michel is a former House Minority Leader (R-IL). Philip D. Zelikow, associate professor of public policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, was formerly director of European security on the National Security Council.

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