Month: September 2020

We’re missing the real story on mail-in ballots

Debate is raging about the coming spike in mail-in ballots, which will result from pandemic-driven fears of voting in crowded polling places on Nov. 3. Much of the discussion centers on possible voter fraud, which is, historically, quite unlikely. (Since Oregon switched entirely to mail-in voting in 2000, for instance, it has found only one-hundred-thousandth …

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Will Congress Fail Again, or Do its Job and Compromise?

An extraordinary example of Congress’s partisan dysfunction has been playing out this summer. The Republican-led Senate and Democratic-led House have been pushing their own COVID-19 relief packages with virtually no consideration of whether they could actually become law. All this time, their constituents desperately needed help, and still do. Millions of Americans face the loss of …

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Voting: The great equalizer in a polarized society

It’s hard to recall an election season with more issues to excite, infuriate or otherwise motivate voters: the deadliest pandemic in a century; extraordinary social upheaval over racial injustice; a norm-breaking president who inspires fierce opposition as well as ironclad loyalty; and millions of people out of work and unsure what’s to come. And yet, …

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