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Six Heroic Defenders of Democracy

1 month ago   |   By The New Republic

By one view, the 2020 election was an astounding success for American democracy. Despite a devastating global pandemic and spasms of civil unrest, almost 160 million Americans, or roughly 66 percent of the potential electorate, cast a ballot-the highest participation rate in an election cycle since 1900. For an optimist, the election was a stirring reaffirmation of the American ideal of self-government and its ability to overcome nearly any hurdle.
But a darker interpretation of these events is possible. Though the 2020 election saw record turnout levels, it also faced extraordinary...
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