Tacoma columnist calls for national vote by mail

“Enough is enough,” writes Tacoma News-Tribune columnist Matt Driscoll, lamenting polling glitches witnessed across the country on Tuesday.

There were long lines across the country, with voters far and wide forced to wait hours upon hours just to have their voices heard.

In some places, there weren’t enough voting machines. In others, precincts were late to open. In still others, there were ballot shortages, car crashes and power outages — all of which needlessly affected peoples’ Constitutionally enshrined right to vote.

It was painfully evident on Tuesday that in many states, voting systems failed voters.

By Tuesday afternoon, the nonpartisan Election Protection hotline had received more than 30,000 calls from voters reporting problems at their polling places…

In Los Angeles County, about 400 people waited in a line outside the registrar’s office. Across New York City, reports of broken ballot scanners surfaced at several polling places. Turnout was so heavy at one packed precinct on Manhattan’s Upper West Side that the line to scan ballots stretched around a junior high school gym. Poll workers there told voters that two of the roughly half-dozen scanners were malfunctioning and repairs were underway…

In Phoenix, a polling site was foreclosed on overnight, forcing poll workers to move it just in time for polls to open.

For about an hour after polls opened, a Sarasota County, Florida, precinct had to tell voters to come back later because their ballots were unavailable.

Some of the longest lines were in Georgia, where a judge ruled that some polling station hours had to be extended.

Every state already has at least a rudimentary vote-by-mail system because each state has an absentee ballot system.

Is it too much to have every state move to no-excuse absentee ballots next year and then proactively encourage voters to sign up for permanent absentee ballots?


What do you think?