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By Michael Waldman

A go back to good judgment is a passionate demand switch, a street map for restoring the imaginative and prescient of the Founding Fathers and renewing the good spirit of the US the place the folk run the govt and the govt works for the people.

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A win there would ripple throughout the country. The state, its lawyers assured the court, was very, very careful. qxd:ReturnToCommonSense 5/1/08 ROCKING THE VOTE 3:33 PM Page 27 27 problem for Washington’s argument: The front page of the state’s brief defending the law, in which it made this argument, misspelled the name of the judge. Persuaded, one presumes, by more than by the misspelling of his name, Judge Ricardo Martinez froze the implementation of the law. 46 By Election Day 2006, all but a handful of states had met the challenge.

74 One often-proposed solution would be to make Election Day a federal holiday. What better way to fuse patriotism with the core patriotic act of choosing our leaders? But just as with Veteran’s Day or Labor Day, the original purpose of many federal holidays tends to fade into an opportunity to shop or barbecue. Election Day as a holiday may do some good, since more public buildings would be available as polling places, and some people would get the day off. But other problems might worsen. qxd:ReturnToCommonSense 5/1/08 ROCKING THE VOTE 3:33 PM Page 39 39 lower-wage workers at retail stores and restaurants and in service jobs—thus keeping them from voting and driving up overtime costs for businesses.

In May 2006, we went to federal court in Washington State, representing the Washington Association of Churches, Asian American associations, the Service Employees International Union, and the antipoverty group ACORN. ” The situation was ideal, not only because Washington had a bad system, but also because the practice was backed up by a state statute, thus far easier to challenge in court than an off-the-books practice. A win there would ripple throughout the country. The state, its lawyers assured the court, was very, very careful.

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