Miller Opposes President’s Voting Commission; Says Federal Intervention is Not the Solution to Isolated Problems

Feb 13, 2013

WASHINGTON – Today, House Administration Chairman Candice Miller, R-Mich., issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s State of the Union announcement regarding the establishment of an executive voting commission:

“As the former Secretary of State in Michigan and my state’s chief elections officer, I understand that the administration of elections is a state issue.  I do not support the President’s proposal to appoint yet another national commission to study solutions to the problem of long lines at polling places that seems to be confined to very few states. 

“The President tonight noted long lines in the state of Florida at last November’s election.  The state of Florida has recognized that they have a problem and Governor Rick Scott and Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner have put forward solutions to those problems which are currently being considered by the Florida legislature.  That is the way this issue should be dealt with because there is not a Washington one-size-fits-all solution that will solve Florida’s, or any other state’s, problems.  I also am completely opposed to such a commission putting forward mandates to be imposed on state’s like Michigan that would disrupt our already well run system of elections.”