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Letter: Lessons for the 2020 presidential election

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton spar during the

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton spar during the third presidential debate at the Thomas & Mack Center on Oct. 19, 2016, in Las Vegas, Nev. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Win McNamee; Chip Somodevilla

The election has torn this country apart [“Maybe I’ll write you in for president,” Opinion, Oct. 25]. Let’s call on President Barack Obama to introduce one last major and historically significant initiative to repair the wounds of this election and future ones. Call it the “revised election code.”

There should be broad minimum qualifications for presidential and vice presidential candidates. There should be a code of conduct to eliminate the degradation of the candidates, and facts should be checked for the TV audience as debates take place.

A fact sheet about how our government is structured, and on the limits of presidential powers, should be mailed to every voter. Civic ignorance is clear. We need more transparency on the selection of Electoral College members. Finally, fix the gerrymandering of districts.

Lucy Cordero-Protosow, Mount Sinai


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