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elections



  • The Wondrous Banality of Democracy

    by John Witt

    A professor of law and legal history volunteered as a ballot counting observer in Pennsylvania and offers a reflection on the unspectacular nature of democracy in action. 



  • Elections Don’t Have to Be So Chaotic and Excruciating

    by Stephen I. Vladeck

    A uniform procedure for publicizing the vote count can eliminate the chaos of haphazard vote counts and remove the opportunity for candidates to portray the normal process of counting votes as irregular or crooked. 



  • An Embarrassing Failure for Election Pollsters

    by W. Joseph Campbell

    Pollsters problems predicting the 2020 election deepened the embarrassment for a field that has suffered through – but has survived – a variety of lapses and surprises since the mid-1930s. 



  • Throughline: How We Vote

    In this episode, the process of voting; how it was originally designed, who it was intended for, moments in our country's history when we reimagined it altogether, and what we're left with today.



  • How to Steal an Election

    by Jon Grinspan

    Many of our election rules date from that moment, around 1900, when Americans redirected their “love of smart dealings” toward tightening up electoral systems, rather than finding ways around them.  



  • Inside Decades of Nepotism and Bungling at the N.Y.C. Elections Board

    “I expect the B.O.E. to pull this off — there’s no other option. It’s the most important election of our lifetime,” said Scott Stringer, the city comptroller. “But we shouldn’t have to hold our breath because of their gross incompetence.”



  • A History Of October Surprises (audio)

    Although Trump's COVID diagnosis was, perhaps, unexpected, October Surprises have historically involved presidents announcing policy initiatives to improve their reelection prospects. Presidential historians Tim Naftali and Tim Walch discuss.



  • Holding an Election During the Civil War Set the Standard for Us Today

    by Jonathan W. White

    “We can not have free government without elections,” Lincoln told the crowd, “and if the rebellion could force us to forego, or postpone a national election, it might fairly claim to have already conquered and ruined us.” 



  • Republicans’ Problems with Young Voters Go Far Deeper than Trump

    by David Faris

    The idea that young voters lean left and shift to the right as they age is political folk wisdom, but has no basis in reality. The Republican Party risks its survival by counting on young voters to get more conservative. 



  • Our Long, Forgotten History of Election-Related Violence

    by Jelani Cobb

    A weather forecast is not a prediction of the inevitable. We are not doomed to witness a catastrophic tempest this fall, but anyone who is paying attention knows that the winds have begun to pick up.