As President Obama celebrated his re-election last November, he acknowledged that too many people waited too long to cast their ballots.
In his State of the Union address in February, the president said long waits at the polls are a betrayal of America's ideals.
He told the story of 102-year-old Desiline Victor of Miami, Florida. "When Desiline arrived at her polling place, she was told the wait to vote might be six hours. And as time ticked by, her concern was not with her tired body or aching feet, but whether folks like her would get to have their say," he said.
Obama announced a new commission to study the electoral process, led by the top attorneys from his 2012 campaign and that of Republican challenger Mitt Romney.
While the commission looks for answers, others are debating exactly what is wrong with American elections.
At Washington's Heritage Foundation, senior legal fellow Hans von Spakovsky says Obama exaggerated the problem. "And the myth is that everyone had to wait in long lines to vote on Election Day last November. We know that is not true. MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) did a study on this, and the average wait time across the country was only 14 minutes," he said.
1.betrayal n. 背叛；辜负；暴露
Forgetting the past means betrayal.
2. aching adj. 疼痛的；心痛的
My aching back was the least of my problems.
3. attorney n. 律师；代理人
The attorney for the defense challenged the juror.
4. exaggerate vt. 使扩大；使增大
But all these examples exaggerate the problem.