At the polling place across the street, there is, to put it mildly, a line out the door... pic.twitter.com/daXtR1L5D4— (((Harry Enten))) (@ForecasterEnten) November 8, 2016
I have cast my vote. There was a line of about a half-hour at my polling place, which only happens once every four years. On off years, midterm elections, and primaries I have often been the only voter there at the time. But the sheriff brought a third voting machine while I was in line.
Why do we make it hard for people to vote? The lines are much longer in other places.
In predominantly minority communities, the lines are about twice as long as in predominantly white ones, Mr. Pettigrew has found. And minority voters are six times as likely as whites to wait longer than an hour to vote. Those disparities persist even within the same town or county, suggesting they don’t reflect simply the greater difficulty of putting on elections in populous cities.My daughters are voting of the first time. Or, one of them is. Princess was so excited to vote, and ordered her absentee ballot by an internet app about a month ago. Two weeks later when it hadn't arrived, she started calling the county clerk's office. No answer. For three days. It was then too late to register in Georgia, so she is out of luck. After I voted, I asked a poll worker the proper procedure for absentee balloting. She said you either had to call or go by the office. Well, calling doesn't help when no one answers the phone, and going by isn't possible when you are an absentee voter. Maybe next time, sweetheart. Gothgrrl is voting as a Minnesota resident, so not only does she get to vote, easily, but her vote matters more, too.