Here's an article to get our discussion on voting started. I realize you're getting it late, but try to read it for Tuesday. We'll be spending most of class talking about the assignment for paper 2, including planning strategies you can use to improve on your first paper.
Jim Holt, "Is Voting Worth the Trouble?" New York Times.
You might also read Chris Bertram's comments on the article at Crooked Timber. I'll post some other articles later this evening that you should read for Thursday.