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Wed Jun 1, 2016, 10:17 AM

Bernie Sanders and Rigged Elections: Sometimes You Just Lose


Hillary Clinton has a strong lead by any measure, but many supporters of Bernie Sanders continue to believe that itís because the primary system was designed to help her. Credit Left, Eric Thayer for The New York Times; Jim Wilson/The New York Times



The 2016 Race
Bernie Sanders and Rigged Elections: Sometimes You Just Lose

By NATE COHN and TONI MONKOVIC JUNE 1, 2016

Each week, Nate Cohn, The Upshotís elections analyst, and Toni Monkovic, an Upshot editor, will discuss the 2016 race and post a lightly edited transcript of their written exchange. The Democratic primary season has led to some grumbling from supporters of Bernie Sanders that the primary system is rigged. This week, we start on that subject, and look ahead to the California contest on June 7.


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Toni: There is a perception among a lot of his followers that the election system is rigged. What about some of the examples they cite, like the Brooklyn voter purge in the New York primary?

Nate: Well, I think the first thing thatís important to acknowledge is that the American election system is a disaster. Itís administered at the local level, by thousands of jurisdictions across the country. Itís often grossly underfunded. Voter registration systems are truly a mess. Put it all together, and we have a very ineffective voting system that always produces a steady stream of errors.

That said, these errors are not really signs that our elections are rigged.

With Brooklyn, the Board of Elections purged more than 100,000 voters just ahead of the election. This shouldnít happen: Purges should happen well ahead of an election.

But did it affect the race? Not really. The people who get ďpurgedĒ from voter rolls are ďinactiveĒ voters ó people who havenít voted in two straight elections and didnít return postcards seeking to verify their address. These are generally people who moved, or have died.

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So realistically, most of the people who were purged were not going to vote. They probably donít live in Brooklyn anymore.

And the people who were purged in Brooklyn were probably likelier to be supporters of Clinton than Sanders. Brooklyn voted for Clinton by 20 points. Most inactive voters are older (after all, a 20-year-old hasnít had the opportunity to skip two consecutive federal elections).

NYTIMES

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Response to BootinUp (Original post)

Wed Jun 1, 2016, 10:30 AM

1. Listen to Bernie and his supporters long enough: the only fair election is one Bernie wins.

 

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Response to CrowCityDem (Reply #1)

Wed Jun 1, 2016, 10:33 AM

5. and if Bernie loses the election, the election should be overturned becaues birds and stuff nt

 

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Response to BootinUp (Original post)

Wed Jun 1, 2016, 10:31 AM

2. The primary was rigged for Clinton.

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Response to bkkyosemite (Reply #2)

Wed Jun 1, 2016, 10:32 AM

3. Why don't you read the artilce?

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Response to bkkyosemite (Reply #2)

Wed Jun 1, 2016, 10:34 AM

6. How many of those 100,000 "voters" showed up at the polls on Primary Day?

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Response to BootinUp (Original post)

Wed Jun 1, 2016, 10:32 AM

4. didn't hear much outrage from certain people about Scott Walker's vote suppression in Wisconsin

 

since it disproportionately hurt Clinton voters.

Funny, that.

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Response to BootinUp (Original post)

Wed Jun 1, 2016, 10:40 AM

7. There is always a stench around the establishment.

 

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