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Everyone’s vote counts…unless it counts twice

The U.S. is supposed to have the most advanced voting system in the world.  The U.S. voter registeration practices, however, may be closer to the third world.  According to a Pew study, voter registration is rife with problems.

About 2.7 million people have active registrations in multiple states, including about 2,000 people registered in four or more states, according to the Pew report. Elections officials said it is difficult to track when someone has moved to another state without canceling their previous registration.

To fix this problems, eight states are attempting to centralize their voter registration. These states include Colorado, Delaware, Maryland, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Virginia and Washington. Hopefully these initiatives are sucessful; otherwise the one person-one vote paradigm will be in jeopardy.

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