As I’ve been telling the press, I’m under no illusions that national election administration is on the horizon any time soon. Indeed, I’ve written that it will take a meltdown worse than Florida 2000 to get us there. And in fact I have called for a blue ribbon bipartisan commission to focus solely on the question of how to alleviate the long lines problem: this is a doable goal, with an easy to measure metric in the next election to judge success. But getting Congress to successfully tackle this problem and to show a successful national role in fixing the problems would be a good first step.
But I won’t back off my long-run argument: we should join other mature democracies in having national, professional nonpartisan election administration: uniform rules, uniform ballot, universal voter registration and national voter i.d.