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O'Reilly: Voting debacles erode trust and confidence

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01.07.2021

God I miss voting machines.

Dirty curtains. Worn metal levers. The rusting slide bars that groaned "therplunk" as they registered votes.

They were hardly perfect — the things jammed, levers disappeared, figures got transposed — but there was a mechanical solidity to the process that one could mostly believe in.

I also miss election days, as they once were. Voting seemed so simple then. You showed up on a Tuesday in November — and only that day — scribbled your name in a ledger and did your business. Sometimes you had to wait in line. Those who couldn’t make it for health or logistical reasons, and cared enough to do so, applied for and cast absentee ballots. That was pretty much it.

Today the voting process feels like a protean mystery, with laws changing faster than one can keep up with them, all in the ostensible name of reform. But the more voting laws are reformed, it........

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