The Sorry State of Election Reform

DeForest Soaries, the first chairman of the Election Assistance Commission, has announced his resignation. As part of the Help America Vote Act of 2002, the Election Assistance Commission was created “to help states enact voting reforms.” Although Soaries “cited personal reasons” for his resignation, he had some scathing parting words:

All four of us had to work without staff, without offices, without resources. I don’t think our sense of personal obligation has been matched by a corresponding sense of commitment to real reform from the federal government.