Professor Lund Dissents in Part in Report on Federal Election Reform

In the spring of 2005, Nelson Lund, George Mason University Patrick Henry Professor of Constitutional Law and the Second Amendment, was named to a private, bi-partisan Commission on Federal Election Reform which was tasked with studying the federal election system and recommending changes to Congress. The Commission, which was co-chaired by former President Jimmy Carter and former Secretary of State James A. Baker, issued its final report on September 19, 2005. The report makes 87 specific recommendations that aim to modernize and raise confidence in the federal electoral system.

In the report, Professor Lund offers his support for the major recommendations of the Commission, "especially those dealing with improved registration systems and the prevention of election fraud" but details his reservations about aspects of several other proposals.