Early on the morning of November 7, 2012, President Obama claimed victory in the U.S. presidential election. In the usual thanks to "every American who participated in this election," he also mentioned the hanging chads of 2012long lines waiting to votesaying, "By the way, we have to fix that" . Why, after 12 years of new laws, new voting systems, and new election procedures, are we still talking about "fixing" elections? First, U.S. elections are a massive system, both centralized around the presidential election cycle and local, controlled by more than 3,000 counties and even more municipalities. Systems like…
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