Having been stuck in a broken down Amtrak train from New York and then evacuated to another in a six-hour odyssey, I had time to ponder US infrastructure and the way a Keynesian response to the 2011 downturn didn’t go to infrastructure but to banks. Nick Kusnetz, our New York based elections and states reporting expert, has a piece today on the crumbling election infrastructure as we head in to the 2016 Presidential election.
"Democracy inaction” was his nice way into a piece looking at the problem of voting equipment, facilities, registers and the civil rights implications of attempts to limit voter registration.
Given the Bush-Gore history of all this and the offer by India — the world’s largest democracy — to help back then, it’s no wonder partners like Politico lapped up Nick’s story, giving us important reach and distribution. Their headline brings back memories: Is Ohio the Next Home of Hanging Chads?
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