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Letters | Non-binding ballot questions

Non-binding questions are not the problem

Your Nov. 15 editorial “Ballots: Bound up in non-binding questions“ suggests that non-binding public policy questions should be eliminated in order to reduce long lines at the ballot box. In fact, long lines depended much more heavily on local and statewide election administration practices then on whether there was a non-binding question on the ballot. There were long lines in many places with no public policy questions.

The best way to reduce long lines would be to enact sensible, low-cost election administration changes already adopted by many states, such as no-excuse-needed absentee voting, early voting, and the ability to look up one’s official voter registration status (something voters in 45 states can do, but not us here in Massachusetts).

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