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Long lines can undo a vital civic process

The assertion by election officials that the long lines to vote on Election Day were simply a function of strong voter turnout represents naive and dangerous thinking.

It represents naive thinking because alternative methods exist in today’s digital world to deliver a highly efficient voting process. Indeed, my voting line compatriots and I came up with numerous superior approaches during our hours-long wait at the polling station at Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology in Boston.

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And the danger arises because these kinds of queues in cold conditions can disenfranchise voters, including families with kids at home, the elderly, and the new voter for whom a three-hour wait can trump a burgeoning sense of civic duty.

Jay Fogarty


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