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Making Sense Of U.S. Voting Rules23:29
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A voter heads in to cast his ballot during early voting in Salisbury, Maryland on Wednesday. (Alex Brandon/AP)
A voter heads in to cast his ballot during early voting in Salisbury, Maryland on Wednesday. (Alex Brandon/AP)

Tuesday, November 6 is election day. Since nearly half of eligible voters in the U.S. do not vote, the question remains: Who and how many people will actually vote on Tuesday?

The Academy-award winning filmmaker, Errol Morris (who lives in Cambridge), produced a short op-doc for The New York Times that posed that and other questions to a group of young Americans.

The reasons behind voter apathy are many.  And they lead to all kinds of questions about our voting system:

  • How do we encourage more people to vote?
  • Would mandatory voting increase voter turnout?
  • What are the rules behind absentee ballots?
  • Why do we vote on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November?
  • Why is there early voting in Illinois, Florida and other states, but not in Massachusetts?

We’ll take a look at the intricacies and idiosyncrasies of voting rules in the 21st century.

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This segment aired on October 31, 2012.

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