Voting Reform Initiatives Probably Doomed For All The Typically Dumb And Cynical Reasons

Way back when President Barack Obama was reelected in November, his celebratory speech included this shout-out to the hundreds of thousands of voters who’d had to wait in long lines at the polls. “I want to thank every American who participated in this election,” Obama said, “whether you voted for the very first time or waited in line for a very long time. By the way, we have to fix that.”

And so, cometh the attempts to do all the fixing of that. But it won’t be easy, reports The New York Times, because these attempts are “setting up a likely new conflict with Republicans over a deeply polarizing issue.” Now, conventionally speaking, “polarity” is the “property of having poles or being polar,” so it raises the question, “Where my poles at?”

According to the Times, on the one hand we have “studies” that “suggest that long waiting times in some places depressed turnout in 2012,” and an analysis from the good folks at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that “determined that blacks and Hispanics waited nearly twice as long in line to vote on average than whites.” Meanwhile, another study, conducted by a professor from the Ohio State University in conjunction with the Orlando Sentinel, “concluded that more than 200,000 voters in Florida ‘gave up in frustration’ without voting.”

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Voting Reform Initiatives Probably Doomed For All The Typically Dumb And Cynical Reasons


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