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The Carter-Baker Commission, 16 Years Later: Voting by Mail

The Carter-Baker Commission, 16 Years Later: Voting by Mail

In 2005, former President Jimmy Carter and former U.S. Secretary of State James A. Baker, III, co-chaired the Commission on Federal Election Reform, which produced a report on the U.S. electoral process and recommendations on maximizing ballot access and election integrity.

Sixteen years later, many of the recommendations remain relevant. While the COVID-19 pandemic and record number of voters who cast absentee or mail-in ballots raised concerns about the security of the 2020 absentee process, the Carter-Baker report warned: “Absentee ballots remain the largest source of potential voter fraud.”

At this event, panelists discussed ways to secure absentee and vote-by-mail processes so that Americans can vote safely from home and voter participation can increase.

This webinar was the second in a series of five virtual events co-sponsored by the Baker Institute Presidential Elections Program and The Carter Center that considers potential reforms for U.S. federal elections. Participants include experts on U.S. election administration, election administrators and other practitioners well-versed in election issues. Follow @BakerInstitute and @CarterCenter on Twitter, and join the conversation with #CarterBakerElection.



The dates for the other events in the series are as follows. Stay tuned for more information!

Voter Registration and Voter ID: May 5, 2021 at 11:30 a.m. CDT

Opportunities and Challenges for Election Reform: May 17, 2021 at 11:30 a.m. CDT

Technology and Elections: June 2, 2021 at 11:30 a.m. CDT

Welcome Speakers

David Carroll, Ph.D.
Director, Democracy Program, Carter Center


Judd Choate, Ph.D.
Director, Division of Elections, Colorado Department of State

Alice Miller
Executive Director, District of Columbia Board of Elections

Tammy Patrick
Senior Advisor to the Elections Program, Democracy Fund

Kim Wyman
Secretary of State, Washington


Doug Chapin
Director of Election Research, Fors Marsh Group;
Former Director of Research, Carter-Baker Commission




Wed, April 28, 2021
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central


Online webinar