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Just finished voting in New York City. Got there at 8AM, finished at around 9AM. It was the longest line I can remember, with everyone on it very jazzed.
Of course, the process was Third World and inefficient. Looking your name up in a book, checking it, having you sign it—it’s like banking in the 1970s. Moreover, none of the poll bureaucrats behind the desk realized that a polling booth behind them could be used. The light was out, so they assumed the mechanical booth was broken. Nope. Just the light. Another polling person came over, checked it out, and opened up the polling booth to voters. The line moved along faster. We just have to redesign the voting process.
But that’s a small point. The crowded voting area was alive with excitement and electricity. People were happy to vote. It was a wonderful shared democratic experience.
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