During President Obama’s 2013 State of the Union Address he announced “a nonpartisan commission to improve the voting experience in America.” He didn’t fully explain what the problems are with the “voting experience,” but one can surmise some of the features of our electoral process deserve attention:
- Low Voter Turnout. Approximately 52-62 percent of eligible voters have participated in recent presidential elections, and participation in Congressional elections is typically lower.
- Voter Demographics Not Reflective of the Electorate. The majority of voters in recent elections have been married, white people. While the U.S. made notable strides in reaching a representative voter turnout in 2012, the demographics are not yet representative of the eligible electorate.
- A Negative, Costly Campaign Enterprise: The Federal Election Commission revealed that the 2012 presidential campaign cost the country $7 billion; and only one of more than 300 registered candidates requested public campaign funds. We need…
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