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In a country with an estimated population of just under 241 million people, just over half of that amount will actually turn up on Election Day to vote this November. That's well below countries that are leading in voter participation, like Sweden, where an average of 82 percent of the population votes in national elections, and Turkey, where that number is more than 84 percent.
But just because people aren't voting doesn't mean they are all apathetic to the process. From redistricting to voter ID polices, state laws decide who gets to the polls and where they go, something that has a huge influence on the outcome of the national election.
For many, this system seems so rigged that it hardly matters who's running for office. In his new book,"Ratf**ked: The True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal America's Democracy," David Daley, the former editor-in-chief of Salon, argues that the Republican Party has been gaming the system with this strategy.
Daley joins The Takeaway to explain how state laws have changed over the years in order to influence national elections. Click on the 'Listen' button above to hear the full conversation.