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Robert Winner


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Should the federal government take over elections.

In view of the problems reported (both true and false) long lines, voting after polls are closed, machine malfunctions, etc .... would it be better if the feds took care of this issue.

Flordia and even my own Arizona had problems this year. It seems that every year there are mail in votes and others that never seem to make it and there is always a article bemoaning the system.

Would it be better to have the feds run the presidential election?


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    Nov 16 2012: Why are you thinking the federal government would do better in setting up and operating local voting places? I am struggling to find an argument for such an arrangement.
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      Nov 16 2012: I really do not think it would be a good idea .... But it has been suggested? I think the worst possible manager of anything is the government.

      The only thing I can think of is that it could standardize all of the rules and policies in the vote for president.
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        Nov 16 2012: I think local on-the-ground operations that are often sited in schools and local public buildings are best operated locally, unless there is clear reason not to do it that way.

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