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Here’s an interesting thought experiment: What would happen if we nationalized elections? (I don’t believe we can at the moment, the power to run elections is designated to the states in the constitution, so this is just a thought experiment for the time being.)

On the one hand Biden and national Democrats could eliminate gerrymandering, mandate ranked choice voting, address the electoral college problem, and do most of, if not all of the other things that would fix our elections.

On the other hand if we nationalize elections it would potentially give men like Mitch McConnell, Kevin McCarthy, and, god help us, Donald Trump full control over our state and local election infrastructure, which currently run independently of the federal government and out of their grasp. (Speaking as a Marylander, I do not like this proposition.)

We assume that Democrats would pass all the good laws fixing all the problems and then the voters, who were happy with the changes the Democrats made, would reward them! Just like the voters did in 2010 and 2016!

Again, this is just hypothetical, we can’t currently do this, but…. do you trust the Democrats more than you fear the Republicans? Like, I’m a dyed in the wool blue no matter voter, and not ashamed to unironically call myself a proud Democrat, but holy shit Republicans just keep getting crazier and crazier. Do you buy a gun to protect yourself from your very sneaky lockpicking and also homicidal roommate?

Goddammit I hate living in AP 21st Century American Politics, 3.

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