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From the Ted Talk by Tiana Epps-Johnson: An election redesign to restore trust in US democracy

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If we zoom out a little bit, the US election ______ is actually pretty unique by ______ standards. Unlike some other ______, we have no central election authority that's responsible for managing the _________ of voting for our entire country. Instead, we have thousands and thousands of local departments that each have some independent mix for figuring out how to make voting work where they live. These departments are staffed by professional election officials with support from _________ poll workers during peak election season. So with no government-run how-to for how to __________ _________, we end up seeing widely different ______ experiences throughout the US, where voting can legitimately work one way in one community and look totally different somewhere else. For over a decade, my work has focused on providing __________ and ________ and other resources to state and local election officials to support them in their work serving ______. In my current role, that has ______ like working with election departments in every corner of the country, that together serve about 75 percent of our eligible voters. This has given me a really unique window into what it actually takes these public servants on the front lines to do things like keep voter rolls up to date and quickly and accurately count ballots and inform their communities about how the _______ _____.

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Original Text

If we zoom out a little bit, the US election system is actually pretty unique by global standards. Unlike some other places, we have no central election authority that's responsible for managing the logistics of voting for our entire country. Instead, we have thousands and thousands of local departments that each have some independent mix for figuring out how to make voting work where they live. These departments are staffed by professional election officials with support from volunteer poll workers during peak election season. So with no government-run how-to for how to administer elections, we end up seeing widely different voting experiences throughout the US, where voting can legitimately work one way in one community and look totally different somewhere else. For over a decade, my work has focused on providing technology and training and other resources to state and local election officials to support them in their work serving voters. In my current role, that has looked like working with election departments in every corner of the country, that together serve about 75 percent of our eligible voters. This has given me a really unique window into what it actually takes these public servants on the front lines to do things like keep voter rolls up to date and quickly and accurately count ballots and inform their communities about how the process works.

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