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Us vs Them

Politics is not a sport. Good governance is not a game of winners and losers. People's lives are at stake when politicians make decisions. Far too many of those we elected have forgotten that truth – if they ever realized it at all. But it may not be their fault, really. We elected them, after all, so if they focus on making life a little better for a chosen few instead of for everyone, We the People deserve at least half the blame. We've embraced a false division between Us and Them, and we blindly support those of Us who choose to demonize Them. America once was deeply divided by skin color and ancestry, and those divisions have not yet been healed. We share that history with the Romans, by the way, and we haven't learned the lessons their experience offers. Today, political differences and material wealth represent the two most obvious divisions that we handle badly. In a multitude of ways those differences ignore our common humanity and encourage groups of people to demo…

The Secure Elections Act

Scrap electronic voting systems and get back to paper ballots

A bipartisan group of six Senators just introduced legislation called the Secure Elections Act that seeks to eliminate paperless voting machines from American elections. Led by Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma, the senators have focused on two major changes that have broad support from voting security experts. The first objective is to get rid of paperless electronic voting machines. Computer scientists have warned for two decades that these machines are vulnerable to hacking and can’t be meaningfully audited. States have begun moving away from paperless systems, but budget constraints force some to continue relying on insecure paperless equipment. The Secure Elections Act would help fund a return to more secure systems that use voter-verified paper ballots. The law’s second goal is to encourage states to perform routine post-election audits based on modern statistical techniques. Many states today only recount in the event o…