This last election cycle included the usual agitation from both sides about voter registration. The left accused the right of using organizations to intimidate voters, the right accused the left of using organizations to register voters illegally. Everyone accused everyone else of counting votes incorrectly, and a lot of local election boards didn't have enough understandimng of their own proceedures to defend their actions adequately.
And faith in the system takes another hit (2000 popular vote, 2008 birth certificate, etc). If you listen long enough to political culture, so many elected officials have obtained their offices fraudulently that our government itself is a charade.
Sounds pretty third world to me. When questions of government and leadership legitmacy garner enough attention, society becomes less stable.
But, same as it ever was, as soon as the election was over, many of the cries and legal challenges (and therefore press) about our anarchic method of choosing who will allocate public monies to public projects has quieted down. It seems the only time we care about the process in which we choose our leaders is on the day we show up to choose our leaders (especially if our "side" loses). Well, besides the odd slow day on talk radio where the mere mention of ACORN can hype up the listeners.
Hell, we were more involved with the electoral processes of Iran this year than we were for our own. The ayatollahs who didn't want questions asked had to revert to machine guns, the powers that be over here just had to wait for Michael Jackson's funeral.
So where's the talk about fixing the system now that an election isn't looming? Where is the examination of politically gerrymandered districts (creating undefeatable machines at the extreme wings of each party)? Where are the examinations of campaign financing, and residency requirements? Where is the effort to simplify and coordinate our voting rolls so we know who is eligible and who isn't (since that always seems to be a problem)?
The only article that has come across my wire was from Foreign Policy.com where they compare our chaos to the efficiency of other Western democracies.