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The broken electoral system.

In her January article "Dems Speak Up," Ruth Conniff sees the political pendulum swinging back toward the left to favor the Democrats in the upcoming 2006 elections. But even if the Democrats nominate progressive candidates and unite behind these candidates, it won't mean a thing unless we actually have fair elections.

The only way to have a chance at reclaiming our democracy with candidates who have a chance of winning is to fix the broken electoral system. Any touch-screen system has to have a paper trail, adequate polling places must be located in all parts of a locality, and a variety of other reforms are necessary. We need all progressives to engage in seeing that these reforms are carried out if we want to rid ourselves of the current oligarchy.

David Turnoy

West Linn, Oregon
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Title Annotation:Letters to the Editor
Author:Turnoy, David
Publication:The Progressive
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Mar 1, 2006
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