According to a 1994 Washington Post-ABC News survey, 59% of people who have reported encounters with flying saucers prefer Ross Perot to Bill Clinton or Bob Dole. When I read that not long ago, in a New Yorker piece by Michael Kelly, I told myself that the important thing was to avoid panic. There was no reason to go around clutching perfect strangers by the lapels and shouting, "Do you realize that if only people with flying-saucer experience vote, Ross Perot will be President of the United States?"

It's true that we've had low turnouts before, but it isn't likely that...

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