The United States is one of the oldest democracies in the world. How is it possible we haven’t figured out how to efficiently cast and register a vote yet?
From most accounts, the voting process for Tuesday’s presidential primary in New York State was riddled with problems. From the 126,000 Democrats purged from the rolls in Brooklyn, to missing books to party registration changes without notice.
Our Editor-in-Chief showed up to vote Tuesday morning at his voting place in Ozone Park – where he has been voting since 2001 – and was told he would have to vote affidavit. The reason? The workers at the polling place did not have the book where a voter signs his or her name before receiving a ballot.
That was at 8:50 a.m., almost three hours after voting began. It was later discovered that the book was on site the entire time.
How does that happen? How do so many people get told the wrong voting location?
We are often told the problem is lack of resources. But the Board of Elections appears to have enough money to buy enough “I Voted” stickers for the over one million people who voted in New York City on Tuesday. Maybe that money would be better spent on poll workers who know what they’re doing, and BOE workers who can keep up with the backlog of deceased, relocated and inactive voters, so 126,000 of them aren’t purged right before a primary.
This is embarrassing. New York’s voting process is so far behind the rest of the country, it’s laughable. Other states have same-day registration. Oregon and Colorado vote by mail. It is time for our leaders to figure out a better and more efficient way to cast our vote.
Unless, of course, they don’t want us to efficiently cast a vote.