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The Carter-Baker Commission, 16 Years Later: Opportunities and Challenges of Election Reform

The Carter-Baker Commission, 16 Years Later: Opportunities and Challenges of Election Reform

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.

The report indicated that “to minimize the chance of election meltdown and to build public trust in the electoral process, nonpartisan structures of election administration are very important, and election administrators should be neutral, professional and impartial.” In the 16 years since the commission issued its recommendations, the issue of nonpartisan election administration has remained a critical topic in election reform.

At this event, experts examined this issue with a special focus on public opinion and how it affects efforts to promote nonpartisanship in a highly-charged political landscape. They also considered how promoting nonpartisan structures of election administration can build confidence in U.S. elections.

This webinar was the last in a series of five virtual events co-sponsored by the Baker Institute Presidential Elections Program and The Carter Center that considered potential reforms for U.S. federal elections. Participants included 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.


Welcome Speaker

John Williams
Fellow, Presidential Elections Program, Baker Institute


Michael Adams
Secretary of State, Kentucky

Jocelyn Kiley
Associate Director, Pew Research Center

Charles Stewart, III, Ph.D.
Kenan Sahin Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Alejandro Tullio
Director of Legal Sciences, San Martin National University, Argentina


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




Wed, June 2, 2021
noon - 1:30 p.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central


Online webinar