2022 Notebook: Democracy at a crossroads


              An early morning pedestrian is silhouetted against sunrise as he walks through the U.S. Flags on the National Mall and past the US Capitol Building in Washington Monday, Nov. 7, 2022, one day before the midterm election will determine the control of the US Congress. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)
            
              FILE - A woman stands in protest with the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors during their general election canvass meeting, Nov. 28, 2022, in Phoenix. Worries that rogue county officials could undermine election results by refusing to certify them have lessened significantly in the wake of the midterms, with a lone Arizona county as the exception. Still, baseless attacks on the accuracy of the election by Republican county officials and angry members of the public already are raising concerns about for 2024, when local commissions will be asked to certify the results in a presidential race.(AP Photo/Matt York, File)
            
              FILE - Ballots from the general election are boxed up at the Maricopa County Recorders Office in Phoenix, Monday, Nov. 14, 2022. On Friday, Dec. 9, (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)
            
              Voters pass a sign outside a polling site in Warwick, R.I., Monday, Nov. 7, 2022, after casting their ballots on the last day of early voting before the midterm election. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
            
              FILE - A man protests outside the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors auditorium prior to the board's general election canvass meeting, Nov. 28, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)
            
              Cornelius Whiting fills out his ballot at an early voting location in Alexandria, Va., Monday, Sept. 26, 2022. In-person voting for the midterm elections has started in Minnesota, South Dakota, Virginia and Wyoming, in a landscape that has changed since the pandemic drove a shift to mail balloting in the 2020 presidential contest. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
            
              A woman is seen through a "vote here" sign, as she enters a polling site to vote in the midterm elections, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
2022 Notebook: Democracy at a crossroads