It's really quite simple. Or should be.

Rachel Maddow is delighted — and so are we, because happy Rachel = Happy us — that in the recent Scottish independence referendum, small but substantial numbers of ballots had to be thrown out because they had both “Yes” and “No” marked on the simplest question ever put on a nationwide referendum: “Should Scotland be an independent country?” This was too much complexity for some folks, apparently.

Not that voters in the United States, specifically the united state named Washington, have anything to brag about. Mathematical confusion abounds there in a pair of ballot propositions that do precisely opposite things with background checks for guns. Watch and enjoy:

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