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Obama panel encourages early-vote expansion

By The Associated Press

This article was published January 22, 2014 at 11:05 a.m.

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President Barack Obama speaks to media as he meets with, from left, Robert Bauer, Co-Chair, Presidential Commission on Election Administration, Vice President Joe Biden, and Benjamin Ginsberg, Co-Chair, Presidential Commission on Election Administration, and other members of the Presidential Commission on Election Administration, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014. in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. The Commission was created to identify non-partisan ways to shorten lines at polling places, promote the efficient conduct of elections, and provide better access to the polls for all voters.

WASHINGTON — Responding to frustratingly long lines in the last national election, a presidential commission Wednesday encouraged expansion of early voting and said no American should have to wait more than half an hour to cast a ballot.

The Presidential Commission on Election Administration was presenting President Barack Obama with a list of recommendations to reduce the wait and make voting more efficient. The commission warned of an “impending crisis in voting technology” as machines across the country purchased after the 2000 election recount wear out with no federal funds on the horizon to replace them.

“We could have even more problems in the future if we don’t act now,” Obama said after receiving their 112-page report in the White House’s Roosevelt Room.

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Dontcallmenames says... January 22, 2014 at 11:35 a.m.

Let's just have voting 24/7 wherever, whenever. You want to vote for President today, go ahead and have those elections now until the real date. Whatever it takes to help the lazy and impatient and uninformed...Democrats desperately need their votes!

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rememberthealamo says... January 22, 2014 at 8:04 p.m.

HELL NO. Vote early and vote often don't get it.

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Duhig says... January 23, 2014 at 9:45 a.m.

I guess you conside the 98 year old woman who stayed in line for 3 hours in the 2012 election to be lazy and impatient.

You clearly should know that the recent election law changes by several states are intended to depress Democrat votes. But I am sure that is just fine with you

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Packman says... January 23, 2014 at 10:22 a.m.

As long as they have a valid ID, let them vote 24/7. But let's put a pencil to it first to see how much it will cost taxpayers to provide additional voting opportunities that may or may not be necessary.

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