The Obama Administration faces political challenges in fixing problems encountered in the November election. Internet voting problems forced an extension of the deadline for Academy Award votes. Electoral College votes from November’s election were officially accepted as the 113th Congress opened. The Washington Post considered the ineffectiveness of the Federal Election Commission. Proposed voter registration rules faced criticism in Iowa. Republican lawmakers publicly acknowledge that election law changes made in 2011 need to be revised. Voters in the Czech Republic prepare for their first direct Presidential election and Vladimir Putin made significant changes to Russia’s system for electing members of Parliament in a bid to solidify his party’s power.