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Post For Voting Rights, Peru is More Democratic than the US
Created by John Eipper on 08/10/21 4:01 AM

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For Voting Rights, Peru is More Democratic than the US (Carmen Negrin, -France, 08/10/21 4:01 am)

Just a little note, on John E's comment: "Four years of Trump probably presented the biggest challenge to US democracy since the 1860s, but the institutions held firm."

I would not use the past tense here, we are still going through the tempest of the damage caused by the "big liar" and all his creator(s) and supporters. The system worked but it is still quite fragile.

As far as democracy goes, the Peruvian democracy is far more democratic than our American one: one vote is equal to another.  It doesn't matter whether your province is urban or rural, populated or not, whether you are indigenous or not, illiterate or not. Your vote will count as much as your neighbour's. Not only that, if you don't vote, you can be fined. This is more than we can say about the USA, where more than 40 states are doing the impossible to try and prevent people from voting.

JE comments:  A curiosity:  is there any nation besides the US where a president can be elected despite receiving fewer votes than his or her opponent?  As we know, this has happened five times, twice in recent memory:  2000 and 2016.  The only examples I can think of are in parliamentary systems, where a coalition agreement can bring a lesser candidate to the prime ministership.

Yet another example of American Exceptionalism?


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