A privately funded organization has named former President Jimmy Carter co-chair of a commission that will examine problems in America's electoral system.

Mr. Carter, a Democrat who has monitored many elections around the globe, will share the top post on the Commission on Federal Election Reform with James Baker, who served as secretary of state under former President George H.W. Bush.  American University's Center for Democracy and Election Management announced the bipartisan panel Thursday.

The commission will examine federal elections, including the hotly-disputed 2000 and 2004 presidential elections, where critics leveled charges of voter fraud, intimidation, long lines at some polls and other problems. 

The commission expects to issue its report on improving the electoral process by September.

Some information for this report provided by AP.