Civic duty shouldn't feel like a chore
Nov 08, 2016 | 3869 views | 0 0 comments | 364 364 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Voting should be the easiest thing that New Yorkers did this week. It should be easier than remembering which night the recycling goes out or moving your car for alternate side parking.

Instead, it's an arduous time-consuming task. That needs to change.

If you arrived at your polling place at 6 a.m. on Tuesday morning, ready to do your civic duty and cast a ballot, you were likely greeted by a long line. All across the country, people are reporting record lines and that was the case at polling places in New York City as well.

The lines can be extremely frustrating because voting shouldn't be a two-hour process, especially on a work day.

The country needs to change voting to a weekend, when more people have off of work. Sure, there's still a large contingent of people that work on weekends – in hospitality, food services, retail, etc. – but making election day a Saturday or Sunday exponentially increases the amount of people that can take some time out to vote.

If the day isn't moved, it needs to be a day off for a greater number of people. A lot of government workers have the day off, but New York City teachers are still at work and the private sector is ticking along like business as usual.

Government on all levels needs to make a bigger investment in the voting system. Our country admittedly spends a lot on elections, but it's clearly not enough because every year there's a multitude of problems: long lines, names purged from the voter rolls, a diminishing number of polling place.

We need more staffed workers, more polling places, more booths in those polling places and a clearer stream of information about how, where and when to vote.

Hopefully the inconvenience wasn't too much of a deterrent to turn people off from voting on Tuesday, but in the future let's make this a lot easier.
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