The commission President Barack Obama is setting up to address problems with election administration plans to hold one of its first meetings in the city that appeared to be ground zero for excessive delays in the 2012 vote: Miami. The panel will convene at the federal courthouse in Miami on Friday, June 28 to hear testimony from “local, county and state election officials,” as well as “comments by interested members of the public,” according to a notice set to be published Wednesday in the Federal Register. In November, some Miami voters spent more than five hours waiting to case their ballots, according to the Miami Herald. Obama promised action on the subject in his election night victory speech.
The panel, likely to be known in D.C. parlance as the Bauer-Ginsberg commission after co-chairs Bob Bauer and Ben Ginsberg, is set to hold its inaugural meeting a week earlier in Washington D.C. They were announced in the president’s State of the Union address in February. The rest of the board’s membership was revealed last month.
Both the D.C. and Miami sessions are open to the public.
Notwithstanding Obama’s odd crusade against new federal websites, the board also has its own brand-spanking-new site at supportthevoter.gov