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NEW YORK -- Following is an op-ed by Tova Andrea Wang. Wang is a Democracy Fellow at the Century Foundation. She was on the staff of the 2001 Carter-Ford Commission and Executive Director of The Century Foundation's Working Group on State Implementation of Election Reform.
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Election Reform: Carter-Baker's Risky Scheme
After the 2000 election, the National Commission on Federal Election Reform, cosponsored by The Century Foundation and co-chaired by former presidents Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford, conducted a massive fact-finding mission and led a national discussion to produce a report that led to important election reform. The 2004 elections made clear that there was more work needed to improved elections, so a new commission was formed. The 2005 National Commission, co-chaired by President Carter and James Baker, with an entirely different membership and sponsorship than the one of 2001, and a more limited examination process, has …