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Mon Jan 23, 2012, 04:03 PM

Science of elections: The problem with turnout (BBC)

By Adam Blenford
BBC News, South Carolina

South Carolina saw a record turnout for its Republican primary on Saturday. Could weekend voting be the answer to the national turnout problem?

Katie Jackson wanted to do her democratic duty.

On Saturday, a few months after turning 18, she went with her parents to Springdale, South Carolina, to cast her ballot in the Republican primary.

She waited while her parents' names were found on printed lists of registered voters, handed over her state-issued driving license and waited for the poll manager to hand her a blue voter ID slip.

But Katie's name was not on the list. As her parents cast their votes, she waited a little longer. The poll managers gave up looking. Were they sure this was her precinct?
more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-16681575

Not an in-depth article -- the problem of election fraud by DREs is not even mentioned, for example. But some aspects, such as the Federal requirement for Tuesday elections, are worth noting.

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