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A few years ago, I was at a polling place here in Indiana where a long line of people stood waiting to vote. A woman recognized me and called me over. “Why is it,” she asked, “that you politicians make it so hard and inconvenient to vote?”

I thought of this the other day when I read the news reports about presidents Trump and Putin meeting and jestingly accusing one another of election meddling. Leave aside the question of an American president joking about this. The sad truth is, Russian meddling isn’t our only election problem. We’ve got an archaic registration process, restrictive voting practices and voting systems bedeviled by outdated technology.