It is official, Tammy Patrick is now one of President Obama's bipartisan Presidential Commission on Election Administration. She, along with the other commissioners were sworn in this morning, June 21, 2013 in Washington, DC.
Here is a picture of the new commissioners: Tammy is the one wearing the pink blazer as she brought a little splash of color to Washington. Click on the image to make it larger:
It is a pretty impressive group of representatives from all over the country who have been involved in election administration for many years.
There is also a video of the entire proceeding you may watch by clicking here. It is fairly long and does not get started until about minute 18:30.
The Commission is charged with a number of things including:
• To ensure eligible voters have the opportunity to cast their votes without undue delay, which includes management of polling places, poll workers and voter rolls, voting machine capacity and technology, ballot simplicity and voter education, and provisional ballots
• To ensure the experience of voters facing other obstacles in casting their ballots, which includes overseas voters, members of the military, people with disabilities, voters with limited English proficiency, absentee voters and victims of natural disasters or emergencies.
It was fun watching Tammy introduce herself amongst this very distinguished group of commissioners. They start to introduce themselves at about minute 23:00.
You have all heard the old saying, "It's not what you know, but who you know." That is very true in many instances in our lives. Having this woman ask to speak to you because of your experience in getting disenfranchised people like the American Indians to enable them to vote for the first time certainly carries some weight in a place like Washington, DC.
If Sandra Day O'Connor asks to speak with you, you are well advised to take the meeting. Here is a photograph taken last year with the first woman ever to serve on the Supreme Court speaking with Tammy and asking for some of her ideas:
Again, click on the image to make it larger:
I can only imagine if people in Washington are telling Sandra Day O'Connor she should meet with you, it probably does not hurt your chances of being named to this commission.
As always, I look forward to your comments.
I am very proud of you Tammy, and watching your career develop.