Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton aren't worth losing friends over

The election season will soon come to an end. Don't let your relationships end with it.

The public ballot
(Image credit: Illustration by Lauren Hansen)

There's a reason your vote is private, American electorate, and it's not because of Facebook.

It's because in the late 1900s, Americans gradually adopted the Australian system of secret ballots, much to the chagrin of the party bosses and political machines that used to be able to bribe or threaten their way to victory. In 2012, journalist Sasha Issenberg, who dived deep into the election data factory in his book The Victory Lab, suggested America give up the secret ballot to increase voter turnout. He did not mean that everyone could see whom you cast your ballot for, only if you've voted, but thanks to Facebook, you probably have a good sense of how everyone you know is going to vote, anyway.

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