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Op-eds of the week: On Amash, non-voters, autocrats

Our weekly op-ed highlight reel

News is the heart of what we're about. But The Fulcrum is also a forum for debate about what's ailing American democracy and what could make the system healthier. So here are the most provocative opinion pieces we've posted this week.

Don't blame Justin Amash. Just fix the system that broke him.

The Republican-turned-independent gave up on his very short contemplation of a presidential run. But Amash and his would have been third-party campaign isn't the problem, argues John E. Palmer, a board member of the National Association of Nonpartisan Reformers. The problem is our elections.

Disorderly democracies can tackle the pandemic better than efficient autocracies

Have certain governments been more successful when it comes to conquering the coronavirus? Charles Hankla of Georgia State University thinks so.

Time to engage the biggest electoral bloc: Americans who are not voters

Millions of Americans don't vote. About 40 percent of eligible voters skipped the 2016 election. So how does the system engage people who don't seem interested? Tyler Fisher of Unite America breaks down some recent research on the nation's largest voting bloc.

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Meanwhile, here are our latest news stories:

Suit from the right contests Virginia's liberalized absentee rules for the primary

Connecticut joins most states in relaxing excuse rules for absentee voting

Florida sees no evidence of the 2018 vote fraud Trump asserted

Meet the reformer: Khalid Pitts, making a fresh career switch into the fix-the-system world

We’re all about the issues that have broken American democracy — and efforts to make governments work again for you, your family and your friends.
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