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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.

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