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Life Arts    H2'ed 10/12/20

How the Secret Ballot Ended the Gilded Age

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The Congressional Research Institute published a page containing more than 150 articles on how the advent of the secret [Australian] ballot ended the age of the Robber Barons and intimidation forcing voters to favor their bosses' candidates. Encyclopedic! No more glass jars revealing preferred candidates. But other issues have since interceded. Votes by so many of us are demographically transparent. There's another sort of Gilded Age to end now, one in which .5% own 20% of the world's wealth. Intimidation takes many forms these days. So does every other form of corruption conceivable. 

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Marta Steele is an author/editor/blogger who has been writing for since 2006. She is also author of the 2012 book "Grassroots, Geeks, Pros, and Pols: The Election Integrity Movement's Nonstop Battle to Win Back the People's Vote, (more...)

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