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The Commission on Federal Election Reform, co-chaired by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and former U.S. Secretary of State James A. Baker, III, issued its report with 87 recommendations on September 19, 2005. The Commission was organized by American University's Center for Democracy and Election Management (CDEM) and remains an ongoing project of CDEM to make sure that future elections are an improvement on the past ones. The project will focus on evaluating the impact of the Help America Vote Act and will bring the Commission's recommendations to the attention of the executive and legislative branches of federal and state governments and to the public.

Court TV Interviews

Former President Jimmy Carter and former Secretary of State James A. Baker III were interviewed by Court TV on the proposals of the Commission on Federal Election Reform, which CDEM organized.

Carter interview: Dial-up | Broadband (internet connection speed)
Baker interview: Dial-up | Broadband (internet connection speed)

Final Commission Report: Building Confidence in U.S. Elections

The full text of the Final Report of the Federal Commission on Election Reform can be downloaded below in PDF format. ( If you are not able to open the files, you can download the most recent version of the free Acrobat ReaderŪ software, which will allow you to view and print Adobe PDF files. )

See media reaction to the report.

Full Report PDF (7.6MB) or Text Only
(Download will take approximately 20 minutes on a dial-up connection, 4 minutes on a cable or dsl connection, and under 30 seconds on a LAN.)

The individual sections of the report can be downloaded below:

Introduction (130KB)
(Table of Contents, Letter from the Co-Chairs, Preface by Executive Director, Executive Summary)

Section 1 -- Goals and Challenges of Election Reform (1.1MB)

Section 2 -- Voter Registration and Identification (950KB)

Section 3 -- Voting Technology (690KB)

Section 4 -- Expanding Access to Elections (1.1 MB)

Section 5 -- Improving Ballot Integrity (660KB)

Section 6 -- Election Administration (1.0MB)

Section 7 -- Responsible Media Coverage (490KB)

Section 8 -- Election Observation (520KB)

Section 9 -- Presidential Primary and Post-Election Schedules (430KB)

Conclusion (135KB)
(Conclusion, Appendix, Endnotes)

Summary of Recommendations (83KB)

Additional Statements (60KB)

About the Commission (980KB)