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May 17: The Crazy US Presidential Election Process: Is This Really the Best We Can Do?

Who in their right mind would ever want to be president of the United States! To become POTUS, you have to be a millionaire or have several friends who are. You must subject yourself and your family to every possible humiliation. You must appease the radicals in your increasingly idealogical party, while also appealing to the huge swath of America that lies in the middle. You must sleep in hotel beds night after night as you kiss babies across the country for months or even years. You must watch your every word and deed in a world of instantaneous sharing on Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook. You must build a killer campaign organization nationwide. You must be a world-class debater in an age where video and television decide elections. And finally, in addition to all this, you must run the gauntlet of one of the most maddeningly complex election processes in all the world, a process where, even in the 21st century, we have yet to come up with a method to count votes accurately!