Obama appoints members to voting rights panel

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"We have an obligation to ensure that all eligible voters have the opportunity to cast their ballots without unwarranted obstructions or unnecessary delay," Obama said Tuesday in a statement. "I am pleased that these committed individuals have agreed to offer their expertise to the Presidential Commission on Election Administration and I look forward to working with them in the coming months.”

In March, White House spokesman Josh Earnesy said the group will produce a report within six months of his first public meeting. He said the commission will create recommendations "intended to serve as a best practices guide for state and local election officials to improve voters' experience at the polls under their existing election laws."

But at the time, some voting rights activists have criticized the group, saying it won't do enough to reduce wait times at the polls or address systematic voting problems.

“Setting up a commission is not a bold step; it is business as usual,” said Elisabeth MacNamara, president of the League of Women Voters, in a statement. "The president could have done much better by pointing to real solutions like that in legislation already introduced on Capitol Hill to require early voting, set limits on waiting times, provide for portable voter registration and set up secure online voter registration.”