The US election system is broken. Here’s how we can fix it.

America is exceptional in many ways. How we count votes should not be one of them.

Europe has scrapped electronic voting; why haven’t we?

Electronic voting is actually a third world voting system

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Only the US, Brazil, Namibia, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, India and Iraq rely on electronic voting systems for national elections.

What’s wrong with electronic voting systems?

Public distrust of the system

How did we get here?

The Help America Vote Act of 2002

Counting Votes became a Republican Business

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Source: Penn Wharton study “The Business of Voting
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Source: Penn Wharton study “The Business of Voting

Red machines, blue machines

How can we get out of this mess?

Make politics truly local again

Some shining examples of progress

Our democracy is on the line

Joe is a US Ex-Pat with dual US-EU citizenship, who travels Europe extensively, commenting on trends, attitudes, politics and more.

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