Does a sharply divided America necessarily mean that no meaningful legislation can emerge from our political leaders on both sides of the aisle? I don't think so! What many people describe as the greatest political agreement in the history of the world came out of a deeply divided America -- the US Constitution.
Everyone remembers the 2008 campaign when, in the exhilaration of Obamania, the advertising slogan "no-drama Obama" had a fair amount of success. This reflected a common misunderstanding of politics, for personalities matter much less than the force field of conflicts between the various powerful sectors in oligarchic democracies.
With so many important issues facing the electorate this fall and in 2016, voters have a lot at stake. If recent elections are any indication, we can expect older voters to turn out in droves. We want to make sure that these voters -- indeed, voters of all ages -- have a quality experience and an opportunity to exercise their civic responsibility.