For example, when Bush, Jr. ran for presidency, his second term, the state of Florida's voting system made major mistakes. By having states, using different voting systems, major mistakes can take place. The 2008 election was rife with the same problems that have bedeviled others in recent years. It was only because Barack Obama's margin of victory was so healthy that the country was not waiting with bated breath to see how many provisional ballots were counted. So while the White House will soon be filled with someone who has been a leader on addressing voting rights in the Senate, the public pressure needed to move legislation through the meat grinder on Capitol Hill is noticeably absent.
"It's a lot easier to illustrate the impact of these problems when there are 537 votes separating the presidential candidates," notes Jonah Goldman, Director of the National Campaign for Fair Elections in the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law's Voting Rights Project. But as seen by the haphazard, frantic rush to fix voting problems leading up to this year's election, it is imperative that lawmakers not wait until 2012 to address these challenges. There are numerous measures that the Obama administration, together with a Democratic Congress, could enact in the coming months.
References Adler, Ben. (2008)
Fix the Voting System Now
Published: December 4, 2008
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