Incompetence is a bi-partisan problem

To those that think it's the GOP's fault voter rights are being denied,

 

There are many things that Democrats can do which are technical in nature that will make it easier to vote. They control many States and Counties around the country but have done little to make it easier to vote. My County in Western PA is solidly Democratic and they are getting ready to spend millions on new voting machines, when the old ones, while a bit antiquated, work just fine. No mail in system that eliminates the thousands of poll workers and support staff was even considered. It is all about spending someone else's money on gee whiz tech that is debatable on whether it is more secure than the old system, and the efficiency improvement has not been demonstrated.

 

Rail against Republicans all you want, but there are many things that can be done that could make it easier to vote, that do not require GOP support. There were long lines in California districts. That State is Democrat from top to bottom. Unfortunately incompetence is a bi-partisan problem.

Comments

Johnny Fever Added Nov 9, 2018 - 8:38am
It’s difficult to vote?  I don’t think it could get much easier.  One simply registers, shows some proof of residency and then votes.  So sure, let’s take those paper ballots and get rid of them for machines, that has nothing to do with making it easier to vote as defined by Democrats.  Democrats know their base is full of irresponsible deadbeats.  Think about it, how many registered Republicans are on food stamps?  So making it easier to vote for Democrats means doing away with things like registration and proof of residency.  If it was up to Democrats, they would let illegal aliens vote.  Boy would that be easy eh?
Michael Carlin Added Nov 9, 2018 - 1:35pm
In most places it is not difficult to vote. I have lived in PA all of my life and have voted in rural, urban, and suburban districts. University towns, small towns, big cities. I have only missed two elections, and they were Primaries, in 39 years. I have never waited more than five minutes to vote.
 
This is what makes what has happened in Florida (routinely) and selected other places so appalling. Now I understand voting machine malfunctions, power outages, and other outlier events but the fact that people are lined up for blocks in Florida, Arizona, or California is a failure of local and perhaps State politicians. Under no circumstances should there be a voting district / precinct with more than 1200 people in it. If a district gets bigger than that it should be cut in half for the next Election. This is just common sense. Voting should not be a chore or a major time commitment. It should be as easy as popping into you local convenience store to purchase a gallon of milk. 
 
The question is, is this come kind of conspiracy to discourage voters or bureaucratic indifference or incompetence? I suspect it is a little of both. Running Elections can be expensive. Finding people to fill Election boards is time consuming and when it comes right down to it you do no know if first timers will show up. The pay in PA is the equivalent of $10.00 per hour and there is no dis incentive for not showing up. You just forgo a $120.00 check. Most local politicians are more concerned with things like filling potholes, collecting garbage, and traffic patterns. Election hassles come and go quickly, and rarely cause enough angst for voters that they are going to make some politician pay politically. So it is easy to see why local pols couldn't care less. 
 
State pols are a different matter. There are many with vested interests in hanging on to power and they are not happy when registration of Party's other than their own begin to rise. There may be an effort to make voting difficult, and while you may discourage your opponents supporters from coming to the polls, you also discourage your supporters. I could be wrong but it seems to me that making voting easy benefits everyone. Perhaps I am naive.  
John Minehan Added Nov 9, 2018 - 5:38pm
Submitted for your consideration: a two term governor of a certain state who now has considerable complaints to make about a certain county clerk (about whom he did nothing during those two terms).  Next stop: the Twilight Zone . . . . 
goldminor Added Nov 10, 2018 - 2:04am
The situation in Florida is nuts. Why this woman was not fired some years back amazes me, considering the long list of outright errors or corruption compiled by her in the dozen or so years where she has held that position. I would imagine that it is likely that the main reason why she was not fired was that she was black, and nobody wanted to get tangled up with cries of racism.
Bill Kamps Added Nov 10, 2018 - 3:30pm
For the most part it is easy to vote, and easy to come up with the needed documents to be registered.  This is not always the case.
 
In cases like this, it is always useful to get John Oliver's take on things.
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rHFOwlMCdto
 
Stick with it, so you see how people in the legislature vote for others who are not present to vote :)
Marty Koval Added Nov 10, 2018 - 11:31pm
I have lived and voted in NY, NJ, PA, WI, OR, CO, MO, and WA over the decades and have found registering and voting to be quite easy. The mail in ballots are very convenient to use and allow you to take the time at home to study the issues and candidates before you vote. The mail in ballots require a signature, that can be compared to the signature on file to make sure the person who is voting is the actual person.
 
Some people would like to see on line voting and I have concerns on this, if the person who is voting is the actual person name on the ballot. Verifying the signature could be a challenge.