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One Election Day to rule them all

Give Me Your Money: How the very concept of Election Day is, in itself, an act of voter suppression

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Important elections are sometimes determined by a few regular people. Orange County Judge Maureen Bell, a former client of mine, was elected in 2006 by a margin of 15 votes out of 75,551 cast. And who could forget George W. Bush’s 537-vote Florida victory in 2000, with nearly 6 million voting?

But examples like these hardly bolster confidence among young Floridians, since voting on Election Day is still so difficult.

“So why won’t we get online voting? It’s not because of hacking and all that,” says Cowles. “It’s because candidates don’t know how to talk to those 18- and 30-year-olds. And they’re scared to death if you vote online how they would vote.”

Americans may have become too cynical about government to think that reform is possible, that manipulated elections and untenably low incomes are the new normal. Voting can feel futile because it often is. But voting is also our standing. It’s how we declare our right to raise hell about what is being taken from us.

Voter suppression in Florida is evidence enough that voting still matters.

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