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Political scientist talks about flaws in US voting systems

On this Election Day, plenty of people are concerned about the way Americans vote. Political scientist Michael Alvarez examines balloting mechanisms and methods through the Caltech/MIT Voting Technology Project. He suggested to a caller to KPCC’s “Patt Morrison” why voting systems in this country are flawed:

Michael Alvarez: “Every state essentially has the power under the constitution to run their own election. So we’ve got some 50-plus odd some elections. And then within most states, counties are delegated enormous amount of responsibility to run elections. Some states, it’s even lower than that; it goes down to municipal and township levels. So we have 3-, 5-, 6-thousand different entities in the U.S. that run elections and they run them all a different way.”

In California, polling places are open until 8 tonight. We’ll carry election coverage throughout the day and into the evening on KPCC.


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