Does It Take Too Long to Vote?

Have we all come to expect that the concept of fast-food lines should be applied to the voting process as well?

Much has been written about the long lines some voters experienced during Tuesday's elections. Times varied from an hour and a half to 20 minutes at various polling stations in Gwinnett.

Some are calling for the process to be streamlined so voters can get in and out faster - kind of like the fast food lines where a stream of assembly line workers get our orders filled, money collected so we can move on.

But voting is not on the same level as ordering a hamburger and deciding or fries or onion rings. On Tuesday we were choosing the leaders of our country and state for the next four years. Should our voting process be a fast-food line?

Are we all in such a hurry that we cannot enjoy our right to vote. There are millions of people in the world that would be willing to stand in line all day just for that right.

Perhaps we've become so accustomed to our hurry-up-world that we're expecting that to apply to the voting process as well.

What do you think?


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Kevin Dunn November 09, 2012 at 02:44 PM
I had no problem waiting in line for 90 minutes at Berkeley Lake Elem. on Tues morning. A poll worker was shuttling clip boards down the line so we all had our paperwork ready and instructing everyone to have their ID out (just like the Airport). HOWEVER, once inside, only one person was checking those IDs. 2 machines w/ scanners & 3 workers, but only 1 actually checking the ID with the paperwork. SO we had 8 voting machines and 6 were empty at any one time. I agree, voting doesn't need to be a fast food convenience, but it doesn't need to be an inconvenience either. There was no true need for us to stand in that line for an hour just looking at the 1st grade artwork adorning the walls. The poll workers did not look for bottlenecks. did not attend to address changes, name changes or mismatched ID/Address, etc separate of the main line. If there is a parking place right in front of the store, do you park there or park out in the middle of the parking lot so you can enjoy the walk in? We appreciate convenience when it is available. when it's crowded, we appreciate the spot in the middle and not all the way behind the store...


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