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Mike Luckovich

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  1. walruscarver2000

    walruscarver2000 said, almost 2 years ago

    Modernize government??? NEVER!!! We need to run it just the way the Founding Fathers did. Nothing has changed!

  2. Chillbilly

    Chillbilly said, almost 2 years ago

    Someone in the long voting line yesterday said that we should vote at ATMs. They’re secure, efficient and ubiquitous. Seemed to make sense around hour two of standing in line.

  3. The Wolf In Your Midst

    The Wolf In Your Midst GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    @walruscarver2000

    The technology, while useful, is still too insecure and undependable. We’ve already seen plenty of issues with at-the-polls paperless electronic voting- do you want to include all the problems included with Internet and wireless transactions?
    Can the process be streamlined? Absolutely. Should we just throw up a voting app? Not yet. It’s one thing if your order doesn’t get through to Amazon; entirely another if your vote doesn’t get through to the polls!

  4. walruscarver2000

    walruscarver2000 said, almost 2 years ago

    @The Wolf In Your Midst

    As opposed to 1) voting machines and 2)“volunteers” who have no history of ever cheating or buying votes.

  5. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, almost 2 years ago

    Years ago I suggested permanent voting precincts. Open year round and presenting opportunities to vote on local and state issues as they arise, they would be constantly staffed and available for citizens to express their will. Early voting in person is a good thing, strictly controlled absentee voting is also a good thing, and having election day be a “holiday.” I do not want a new paid holiday, but I would gladly see Columbus day removed and election day installed. Washington and Lincoln would be happy to see their ‘holiday’ removed if it gave citizens greater access to vote for their government. I believe these actions would go a long way to reducing lines during elections.
    Respectfully,
    C.

  6. hippogriff

    hippogriff said, almost 2 years ago

    In Canada, polling is generally in a school gyn with the actual ballot box in the center (centre) of the room and marking the paper ballots around the walls. When the polls close, the stands fill with citizens with note pads. The box is opened and dumped on the table. With representatives of all parties watching up close, the ballot is read and the representatives agree, and the citizens mark their note pads. This continues until all are counted. No recount is needed because there are a few hundred copies in the room. In a parliamentary election, the results are known nationally by the eleven o’clock news.
    Ballots are short because national, provincial, municipal, and school boards have separate elections. Also, campaigns are limited to five weeks.
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    Something to consider.

  7. MortyForTyrant

    MortyForTyrant said, almost 2 years ago

    @hippogriff

    Excellent system!

  8. Robert Allen

    Robert Allen said, almost 2 years ago

    My area got re-districted, and an older woman that was in a neighboring voting line couldn’t figure out what line she should be in. I noticed the voter registration card she had was the old design. There was a ballot innitative that even confused me. Things were even worse in other places. Oh, BTW, this Left Independent Floridian Voter has never been polled.

  9. PlainBill

    PlainBill said, almost 2 years ago

    @hippogriff

    In some parts of the USA we’re a little more modern. Yesterday I parked my car at my local voting location at 9:05. I walked inside, showed my drivers license, received a ballot, marked my choices (over 40 different votes), and fed the ballot into the scanner for tabulation. I was back in my car at 9:17. The results are available as soon as the polls close, and the ballots are retained in case a recount is necessary.

    Long lines aren’t necessary. Of course, this WAS a Republican leaning precinct in a Republican dominated state. I can’t say how it was in areas with a large number of Democrats.

  10. MortyForTyrant

    MortyForTyrant said, almost 2 years ago

    If you think about it… It is possible that the modern technology CREATES the problems! We’ve heard about broken scanners, broken computers, insecure software and so on. If you go full low-tech (like Hippo explained above) things might end up going faster. But there is a catch: in a country as big and diverse as the U.S. getting the results might take a day or two. THE HORROR!!! :-)

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    What I also don’t understand is that in the U.S. the media is allowed to call the winner. Over here in Germany everybody will say things like “it looks like” or “it could be” after the election until the officials come out with the “Vorläufiges Amtliches Endergebnis” (provisional official final result, boy do we love long words…).

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    Even then the media will add “provisional” to all reporting until – a few days later – the final result is certified. We don’t need to know at once, it will be month before anything happens anyway. Wonder why the U.S. citizens are so keen to know who won the very minute they put their ballot in the box…

  11. Rockngolfer

    Rockngolfer said, almost 2 years ago

    The only explanation I have for the long lines is that counties get to do their own thing. The county I live in had very short lines.

  12. Cinci Steve

    Cinci Steve GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    @Omnius

    Actually most of the long lines were in heavily Democrat controlled cities.

  13. Mom of 5

    Mom of 5 said, almost 2 years ago

    I really want to thank all of the voters who did wait in long lines to vote. Those of us who had it easy and voted by mail weeks ago, want you to have the same chance.

    What I really don’t understand is why in this world of fast everything we all can’t vote easy and accurately. I’m from Washington State and during the past local school levies we had to borrow machines from Oregon. To put a levy on a ballot costs $100,000.00 to borrow one machine cost us the same. Our voting board decided it was cheaper than buying our own. After that race (I was running for office) the voting board decided that never again would we pay another state to borrow their voting booths.

    So the voting board voted on mail in ballots. It works great. We have time to read up on things, listen to speeches and talk to others before voting. The machines are ancient and we should rethink our countries ability to be fair. Voting by mail in my state is free if you drop it into a ballot box. $0.41 if you mail it. The cost of mailing out the ballots priceless.

  14. apfelzra

    apfelzra GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    People waiting in line for hours to vote . . . now, is this a great country, or what?

  15. goweeder

    goweeder GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    I continue to be amazed that so many people in these United States are unaware of the ease of Absentee Ballots. Here in the state of Florida, you don’t have to be away to qualify for an absentee
    ballot — you just ask the supervisor of Elections to mail you one, and they will. Maybe some states insist that you have to actually be :“away,” so I guess I’m lucky that I live in Florida, where anyone and everyone can get an absentee ballot. You can study the ballot and the issues in your own home, take your time to vote (without holding up people in a line)
    and mail it in (for 65 cents) — or take it directly to the office of the Supervisor and watch them stamp your vote and put it in the box (hopefully not a shredder!)

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