Two-year campaigns, line-ups for six to eight hours to vote in Florida and other places almost as bad, multiple reports of irregularities, batteries of lawyers on standby, etc. Why?.Canada you need 36 days notice to call an election. Usually its around 40 days from issuing of the writs to election day – ample time in this age of multiple media to make your case. I can walk in and vote in about 5 minutes. Results are know within hours of the polls closing. Voter turnout is similar, slightly over 60% in Canada, slightly under in the U.S. Voting irregularities in Canada are rare..Why is democracy so precarious in the U.S.?