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Inventing Democracy

Chuck Rhoades was the attorney general in New York.1 Harvey “Hap” Halloran was the commissioner of the board of elections there. And in the spring of 2019, they got into it over possibility. Rhoades wanted to allow people to vote over their mobile phones. Halloran was not having it. The US attorney general was objecting, allegedly over “cybersecurity concerns,” and Halloran was, at least at the moment, firmly on his side, telling Rhoades, “I share the attorney general’s objection.”

Rhoades rebutted, “I have an equally pressing concern: Democracy. And inclusiveness. This is why it’s vital we approve mobile voting. This is about more people voting, which is the American ideal. It’s about what’s right, which is your board’s ...

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