San Francisco – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement after President Obama signed an executive order establishing the Presidential Commission on Election Administration:
“Today, President Obama took an essential step in advancing every American’s right to vote. That most fundamental right is the cornerstone of our democracy, and the President’s commission will ensure we protect a government that is determined solely by the votes of the people, not the pocketbooks of a privileged few.
“There is no question that we face a continuing need to remove the obstacles that block too many Americans from the polls. Under the leadership of Congressmen John Lewis, Jim Clyburn, George Miller and John Larson, we’ve proposed election reforms to strengthen enforcement of voting laws, provide for same day and modernization of voting registration, require early voting and other resources to prevent long voting lines and reduce the problems that voters everywhere are facing.
“As the President said in the State of Union Address, ‘When any American, no matter where they live or what their party, are denied that right because they can’t afford to wait for five or six or seven hours just to cast their ballot, we are betraying our ideals.’ In considering these and other reforms that will secure our voting rights, this commission will go a long way in upholding the promise of fairness and equality in every election.”