Attorney General Eric Holder said during a speech on Tuesday night at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library that it’s time to consider setting national standards for how elections should be handled. “A recent study by the MacArthur Foundation found that nearly 90 percent of those who voted in last month’s election would support creating national voting standards,” Holder said, according to prepared remarks. “That’s why it is important for national leaders, academic experts, and members of the public to engage in a frank, thorough, and inclusive discussion about how our election systems can be made stronger and more accessible.”
But Holder stopped short of backing specific legislation, such as a bill recently proposed by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) that would force local election officials to provide a minimum level of election resources. Justice Department spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler told TPM on Tuesday that Holder was simply suggesting national standards were “worth consideration.”
Election officials across the county should “be striving to administer elections more efficiently and more fairly,” Holder said, according to the remarks.