The most recent primary elections have proven that polling stations should be killed once and for all. All around the country you have heard the stories about broken machines, paper ballots, incompetent workers, cardboard boxes for ballots, lost ballots, early closings, closed stations, waiting hours and hours to vote and much more. This is a disgrace to our citizens.
What is wrong with a country where you can pay your bills online, bank online, file your taxes online, choose your auto, home, and health insurance online, even register to vote online (in 31 states as of this post date), but we can’t create a secure website to vote online? I could create the website, and I am a self-taught web developer! The technology is here, we have facial recognition software and DFR’s (direct fingerprint readers) just to name a few options. I believe we don’t have online voting because then the powers that be would lose control of the masses.
The only reason for keeping these archaic polling stations alive screams of voter suppression. Changes in voter id laws, the manipulation of district boundaries in certain areas (gerrymandering), early closures of polling stations, all stink of voter suppression as well.
There is also the gross incompetence to consider that has taken place all over the country1 at these polling stations. We are voting for the leader of the free world and we have volunteers in charge? The inefficiency and possible fraudulent activity reported (whether intentional or not) is not acceptable. It is unbelievable that we are still using paper ballots in some states.
Remember the Florida ballot debacle in 2000 and 2008? Punch cards and missing ballots? It is ridiculous beyond comprehension that this even occurred. This should have been a wake-up call!
Some would have you believe that voter fraud would run rampant with online voting. Really? Read the above two paragraphs again. It’s already happening but it’s more likely election fraud.
Election day isn’t even a federal holiday, although I have heard some chatter that a bill is on the agenda (I won’t hold my breath with this Congress). Some states are not even required to give employees time off from work to vote. It’s up to the employers. Other states allow two hours before or after a shift to vote. I know in this past cycle, people were in line for 4-6 hours trying to vote. In other words, you have to pay to vote. This is unacceptable! Online voting would change all of this!
Imagine being on your lunch break and taking 2 minutes between bites of your sandwich to vote? Why is that so hard to accomplish?
Every four years we are obligated to vote for a person that holds the highest office in the United States of America. Every U.S. citizen has the right to vote. It’s time to fix this travesty of our voting rights. Online voting should be enacted as soon as possible. We should demand it, and kill these antediluvian polling stations for good.
 Chaos in LA, June 7, 2016 – http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-ca-voting-problems-20160607-snap-htmlstory.html
The Nevada Debacle, May 15, 2016 – http://heavy.com/news/2016/05/nevada-democratic-convention-what-happened-roberta-lange-delegates-election-fraud-videos-recount-denied/
New York Fiasco, May 19, 2016 – http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/protesters-pan-alleged-ny-primary-fraud-board-elections-hq-article-1.2623513