Opinion | A Better Way to Vote? Just Look to Canada

To the Editor:

Another election with voters around the country experiencing long lines, broken-down voting machines and inadequate polling places. I can order a new sponge, have it delivered within three hours, and receive a paper and electronic receipt. In this election some people stood in line for more than five hours to cast their ballot, and in states without a paper trail, they had no way of verifying their vote.

Why can’t we apply a delivery system as fast, smooth and efficient as buying a sponge to voting? Surely, buying a sponge is less important than my vote?

Wilhemina Condon
Seattle

To the Editor:

As usual, I have read your election coverage dumbfounded at the difficulty people have with exercising their right to vote. In Canada, we have something called Elections Canada. It is a nonpartisan organization that sets the district boundaries and establishes how and where people vote. There is no political interference in this process.

So gerrymandering never happens and people (even homeless people) can easily exercise their right to vote. Additionally, there are none of those pesky voting machines. In Canada, you get a piece of paper with a bunch of names and boxes. You put an X in the box of your chosen candidate with a pencil and voilà, you’re done. It is also amazingly efficient.

We usually know the results of the election within an hour of the polls closing on the west coast. Even if you don’t get rid of those machines, it is past time that the United States established a nonpartisan organization to administer elections. To do less is to threaten democracy.

Jane McCall
Delta, British Columbia

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