Voting

Should we consider e-voting?

As we approach an election, we hear people asking why they can’t vote online using their personal computer or mobile devices, just as we do banking. People favoring e-voting argue that Internet voting offers greater speed and convenience, especially for overseas and military voters. However, computer and network experts point out that online voting is dangerous to the integrity of U.S....

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It’s Election Day and I almost forgot to vote!

Today is Primary Election Day in my home state. It’s 3:30 pm, and I almost forgot to vote. This is embarrassing. I have given my life to encouraging others to participate in our political system. I am usually very conscientious about researching who and what I am voting on, and often take out an absentee ballot. And, since I reached voting age, I have never missed an election. If I don’t get to...

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Frustrated by last week’s election?

Two Northwestern University professors might have put their finger on the reason. In an article published in August for The Hill, Allan J. Lichtman reports on their findings. The analysts found that rich individuals and business-controlled interest groups largely shape policy outcomes at the national level. No surprise there. What is surprising is just how pervasive that control is. In the...

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Combatting electoral fraud

Candidates for secretary of state and state boards of elections throughout the country have made an issue of electoral fraud. Republicans use the issue to push for safeguards against multiple voting by one person; for example, by not permitting a voter to register and vote on the same day or by requiring a photo identification. Democrats argue that these measures amount to ballot suppression...

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Why we can’t throw the bums out

Every two years, we hold an election for Congress, an institution not held in high esteem by the voters. In some surveys, people would trust a used car salesman before they would trust a member of Congress. This June, the Washington Post reported that its approval ratings have “reached historic lows at least 12 times since 2010.” Movements build up to vote against all incumbents, but more than...

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