It's no surprise that President Obama addressed voting reform in the State of the Union. But the president made news by announcing that he is asking a lawyer for Mitt Romney to co-chair a commission on the issue.

"When any Americans – no matter where they live or what their party – are denied that right simply because they can’t wait for five, six, seven hours just to cast their ballot, we are betraying our ideals," the president said. "That’s why, tonight, I’m announcing a non-partisan commission to improve the voting experience in America. And I’m asking two long-time experts in the field, who've recently served as the top attorneys for my campaign and for Gov. Romney’s campaign, to lead it. We can fix this, and we will. The American people demand it. And so does our democracy."