WHY VOTE? ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS ABOUT THE FUTURE OF ELECTIONS IN AMERICA (P)
For nearly 200 years, Americans have pinned the democratic character of their system on elections. In many ways, we have become an election-crazed nation, ever-hoping that the next grand contest or the next great candidate will save the day. But tectonic shifts abound. Changes that are distorting the nature of the process. From the rise of fear-centered partisanship, new limits on voter access to the polls, the omnipotence of social media, declining standards of objectivity, Russian interference, the reemergence of the partisan press, the growing weight of elites and more, elections our "grand democratic feasts" are transforming before our eyes. We've reached a precarious intersection, and it is no stretch to say the future of the republic is at stake.