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It breaks my heart to see people staying in line for hours in order to vote

TRNT 33,615 November 3, 2012 at 09:10 AM
The title says it all.

Why has there been a concerted effort to make voting more difficult?

In theory I have no problem with requiring IDs in order to vote as long as this requirement is implemented slowly and methodically and helping all those who need an ID to get one. I also abhor even a single non-citizen, even longtime undocumented worker voting. Voting is too sacred and precious to use it in a partisan manner. (I am also incensed by gerrymandering but that is a bit different of an issue.)

However, reducing early voting hours simply seems backward and it is a shame that in US, the land of liberty, i the 21st century, this is happening. One would think that with technology, liner should become shorter and shorter.

I admit I do not have the resolve of people who stay in line for hours, say six hours, in order to vote. To avoid all lines, I am usually the first or second person after the polls open. One time I was number four and waiting 15 mins or so started to wear me down.

I salute those who stay in long lines in order to vote. Their resolve brightens my day, but their plight breaks my heart. I abhor the effort of those who think by limiting voting hours, their party would benefit.

This should not be a partisan issue.

Pleas discuss if interested/concerned.

(I am leaving for a full day trip and might not be able to contribute much. I was watching TV and the wait for these people broke my heart and wanted to share that sentiment with you all.)


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I also hate that the line means that you get pestered by people who want to tell you who to vote for - if we can pay our taxes online, why can't we vote online?
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Quote from Mixels View Post :
A friend of mine who voted today asked the polling administrators if there was any way he could confirm his vote, since the machines here don't show you a summary of your votes at the end. They looked at him like he was a five-headed alien and told him that "if it doesn't beep, it recorded your vote." Some even laughed.

I do like the voting machine I used today (in Ohio). It was digital but has a paper record that records everything in print. I watched and confirmed my paper ballot (on white roll paper) was the same as the digital selections. I like having a paper copy available in case of any problems later.
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Quote from StarNova View Post :
I think Oregon has the right idea - everyone mails in their ballot.
I think you're right.

And, even if you happen to wait until election day to cast your ballot, there are plenty of places to drop the ballot with no line, no waiting.
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