Thursday, November 03, 2005

Maryland commission appointed to study election systems

The Maryland governor has appointed a blue ribbon commission to study in order to "Maryland's local, state and federal elections. Members will specifically focus on early voting, absentee voting, provisional voting, voter identification and voter verification systems."

It's not clear what sort of academic research the commission will draw upon. The appointees seem well chosen, but the list mainly consists of lawyers and elections officials. Not sure why it doesn't include, for instance, Jim Gimpel or Paul Herrnson of University of Maryland, both of are well-known and well-published scholars of election reform.

The governor's announcement is contained here.

Ehrlich's veto message concerning legislation that required a commission with members appointed by the legislature (not the governor) is contained here.


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