No, on that we agree. I have never stood that long, but I see examples where it happens. Even if it could be fixed, there will always be a few exceptions, especially if you have poorly trained workers or new (or broken) equipment. Proposed solutions: 1) once line extends over 30 minutes, hand everyone in line over 30 minutes a "vote by mail" ballot, and let them vote in line and deposit into a "vote my mail" box. These are given more scrutiny as the signatures must match. 2) make smaller precincts, do a dry run one day before polling to train poll workers, and have the Registrar of Voters certify the machines as operative at the end of the dry run.
Lady Wood, what can we do about it? The government doesn't control lines... and even if they did, they would have to force some people to not vote in order to shorten the lines. What do you propose we do otherwise?
In an ideal world, no. But let's face it- you can either wait in line for an hour to do something that most people in this world still aren't even allowed to do, or you can pay billions more in taxes so that we can have a voting booth on every streetcorner. In some corners of this world people run down the street dodging bullets just to exercise their right to vote. In America all we have to do is wait in line for a little while. And STILL barely half of our registered voters ever even bother to vote. That's just sad. Generations of brave men and women suffered and sacrificed and in some cases died to protect our right to vote. If you can't take a little waiting in line, well, I don't know what to tell ya'.
It isn't "part of life" that we are stuck with. You don't have to have a machine on every corner. You just allow absentee voting by mail, early voting and extended voting hours. It's not like the election has to by done in one day. They do this where I live. It is pretty slick.
I've lived in small villages and a range of sized cities and voted since 1962 and never stood in line that long. If I did it would still be worth while. I've met interesting people while in line. There are alternatives if you are unable to stand in line. I've seen longer lines at the lottery store and Disney World.