Walter Shaub @waltshaub former Director of @OfficeGovEthics now with @CREWcrew personal account - views are my own Sep. 19, 2018 1 min read

There‘s a land where politicians choose their voters by manipulating voting district boundaries, candidates can take office after losing, votes of citizens in unpopulated regions are given more weight than others, taxpaying citizens in some regions are not represented in govt, /1

elites stand in short lines near home to vote but others travel far and face long lines, elections are on workdays, illegal efforts to suppress votes are rarely investigated, legal and illegal voter suppression efforts have led to low participation in elections, /2

politicians can “de-register” voters for missing elections, humans aren’t the only ones who can advocate for candidates, the rich are permitted to influence elections with cash (often secretly), voter suppression efforts have contributed to low participation in elections, /3

an elite was recently given probation for trying to vote twice for the leader, a non-elite was recently sentenced to 5 years in prison when she voted once against the leader without realizing she was barred from voting, /4

many regions have no paper record of votes despite attempts to hack voting machines, legislators don’t support an agency charged with helping regions upgrade voting machines, half the members of a commission that enforces campaign laws oppose the commission’s mission, /5

legislators impede efforts to investigate foreign election interference, the leader admitted he fired the govt’s top investigator for investigating his own campaign for suspected coordination with a foreign power, the leader has called for firing the replacement investigator, /6

several associates of the leader have pleaded guilty as a result of the investigation, some legislators support the leader’s threats to fire the head of the replacement investigator’s agency, the leader has called for restrictions on freedom of speech, /7

legislators who blocked an appointment to the nation’s high court for political reasons are decrying calls to delay the vote on a different nominee due to alleged criminal activity, a legislator recently distributed a fundraising request disguised as an official summons, /8

and the leader and some legislators are calling for the prosecution of the leader’s vanquished political rival. The country in question insists that it’s an international champion and model for democracy. Weird, huh?

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