The U.S. is the beacon for other democracies.
Now, Donald Trump has claimed that our election system is rigged.
Perhaps surprisingly, I believe he is partially correct.
For hundreds of years, women and African Americans could not vote. We fixed that.
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Now, we have Citizens United allowing unlimited money to influence elections, statewide gerrymandering of districts to ensure the party in power stays in power, hundreds of efforts to make it more difficult to vote legally, and an electoral process that sometimes gives the presidency to a person who does not receive the majority of votes cast.
To clean up our tarnished democracy, we need to overturn Citizens United, put an unbiased districting system in place, make it easier to vote legally, and revisit the electoral process. Unfortunately, all of this can be fixed by legislators seemingly more interested in staying in power than in doing their patriotic duty.