Election Reform: A Work In Progress

Former EAC chairman discusses hurdles facing election reform and who needs to get involved

kinds of government standards. That is the issue that the new chair of EAC has as her priority.

BE: So, black groups must be begging to block time on the EAC schedule?

Soaries: I don’t think black America understands yet the scope of our work or the fact that half of the commission is African American. This could be a commission that had no members who even understand the black experience. It’s a unique opportunity for minorities in this country to impact the most fundamental rights that Americans have.

I’ll tell you, we were not invited to the NAACP convention, to the Urban League convention, to PUSH — to one national black organizational convention this year. Maybe now someone will say, ‘With all this money being spent, maybe we should talk to these people and find out what we can find out.”

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