So I get that voting is important, but I'm tired of this sudden push to vote on Nov. 6th. There's already predictions and news stories coming out about how awful the lines will be. Worse, it's <party here>'s fault and it's to prevent people from casting their vote.
It's infuriating to me to see that, especially where I live. I don't know if it's a regional thing or what, but where I live there is a period spanning the 2 weeks before the week in which Election Day sits where I can go literally ANYWHERE in my county and fill out a ballot. Election day polling lines can be these awful experiences in which you share the same air with assholes (anyone you share a line with is an asshole, law of physics), are exposed to any number of germ factories dragged along by their parents, and have to wait (in some cases up to 5 hours). In sharp contrast early voting polling places are usually quite quiet and empty, save for the lovely old couple that are sitting behind a table and helping you fill out forms to place your vote. Depending on the people working the polling places you might even get cookies. This lady next to city hall makes AMAZING chocolate chip cookies. You get in and out, max 5 minutes, and then you're done. That's it, you don't have to dread the polling lines on election day.
So I'm just curious about this. Is it that people are irresponsible with their time and will complain and blame others for what's ultimately their fault? Granted, certain circumstances that make you busy the entirety of the early voting period are a bummer, but at least it shortens the line on election day. Or is it just that there's no other choice, and your city/county/state prefers for the polling place to be a one day Hellscape in which all humanity is strained and crushed?
Edit: I guess I should have written that out before hand. Now it looks like I'm some chump. Thanks @JOURN3Y :( Also, I feel almost bad about not putting an option for people who are unable to vote (due either to age, or previous convictions). However, you shouldn't be voting in the first place, hands off this poll.
@Toxeia: Nope. You just request it, at least in my county. Here's the form I had to fill out to get all the voting documents. They send the ballot to you and all you do is fill it out and pay the postage. It's permanent until I miss two general elections, then I would have to fill out another form.
I am still amazed that they don't have a system to do this shit online yet.
I'm sure it will get there eventually. I don't think it can be trusted at this point in time though. How exactly would you differentiate between voters?
Go by one of the million ID numbers we have as citizens, be it Social Security number, drivers licence ID number, State ID number, etc. The problem would be frauds, so they would need a two step authentication such as giving you a unique code to put in before you vote that is mailed, emailed, or generated from a phone app such as how blizzard or google do two step authentication.