Elections Reform: Overview and Issues [October 10, 2002]   [open pdf - 32KB]

"The remarkable circumstances of the 2000 Presidential election are quite unlikely to be repeated, but Florida's role in determining the outcome may be remembered as a turning point with respect to the nation's election system. Previously obscure details of voting and vote counting have become the focus of public attention, and various state and national commissions have issued reports or recommendations on changing the voting process. Some states have made plans or have already begun to replace voting equipment and adopt other improvements before the 2002 election cycle, while others are considering similar changes. As Congress considers legislation to reform the voting process, a number of issues have emerged as part of the debate: the strengths and weaknesses of different types of voting systems; voting and registration problems and irregularities; problems for military and overseas voters; and the federal role in election administration. The House and Senate passed different versions of election reform legislation (H.R. 3295), and differences have been resolved in conference (H.Rept. 107-730). For additional information, see the CRS [Congressional Research Service] Electronic Briefing Book on Election Reform. This report will be updated periodically to reflect new developments."

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CRS Report for Congress, RS20898
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