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Should voting be easier?

Lydia Broadnax was once an enslaved cook for Thomas Jefferson’s teacher in Williamsburg and later a free woman running a boarding house in Richmond. Her story in some ways stands for that of African-American women throughout American history, who have demonstrated their strength while facing adversity. So, too, does that of the 102-year old Desiline Victor, who last year stood in line for hours to vote for president. What can (or should) be done to give everyone an equal opportunity to vote?

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We should follow the example of a North Miami woman named Desiline Victor. When she arrived at her polling place, she was told the wait to vote might be six hours. And as time ticked by, her concern was not with her tired body or aching feet, but whether folks like her would get to have their say. Hour after hour, a throng of people stayed in line in support of her. Because Desiline is 102 years old. And they erupted in cheers when she finally put on a sticker that read “I Voted.” – Barack Obama State of the Union Address, 2013
Anonymous
Voting shouldn't be "easy." We should be willing to do whatever is required in order to do our duty as citizens to elect our officials. The process should be as streamlined as possible and no unneceassary obstacles should be put in our way. But standing in line on election day is an honor. I do think we need to have voter id in every state. Then the chances of voter fraud would be lessened.
Anonymous
I think if people see a 102 year old woman waiting in line so long to be able to vote that others should have showed respect and help her to get to the front of the line, kind of like when you do at the grocery store when you have a whole lot and someone shows up with a few items or an elderly person stands in line with just a few things. Well at least that is what I do. People can learn something from this 102 year old. And as for making it easier, voting in nursing homes and maybe even with internet, why not. Anything to help the elderly and handicapped to be able to use their right.
Anonymous
Absolutely! More people should show a little respect for others. YOU may be the one in that position some day.
Anonymous
People should be happy they live Ina country that gives everyone the right to vote, not every country does that. If by easier, one means having more polling places so that boring does not take as long, that is a fine idea. People have to accept the fact that, if one lives in a heavy populated place, voting may take longer. I believe voter ID laws are not unconstitutional, and if you need an ID to drive, travel, (in my case because I look so young) buy cough medicine or go to the movies, have a drink, etc., then why shouldn't you have to prove you are who you say you are when doing something as important as voting. If I want to go have a drink, nobody is taking that right away from me buy asking me for my ID, they are simply making sure I am of age, and I am who I say I am. The same standards should be there for voting.
Anonymous
Please excuse my bad spelling! Typed this on my phone.
Anonymous
If I have to show a state-issued photo ID to: 1) ship a package via UPS. 2) purchase cigarettes. 3) purchase alcohol. 4) gain entrance to a federal building. 5) board an airplane. Why should not a citizen provide proof of their identity in order to vote?
Aging Hippie
Amen and well said. If nothing else, we need to take a page from the Iraqi playbook and use that indelible purple ink on the fingers of each person who votes (and severely LIMIT early voting or somehow force the ID for that), so that we know one person/one vote is truly applied across the board. The articles coming out of nearly every state about voter fraud after the November elections are a travesty.
Rich
Voting is a right and a privelage. We already have absentee ballots for those who are unable to vote! How much easier do we have to make it? If US citizens are too lazy to go to a poll and vote then they shouldn't be voting at all. My god the liberalzation of America is what is wrong with our country. This shouldn't even be a question!
Anonymous
Funny the same person who made that statement in their state of the Union Address(Barack Obama) is the same person who is trying to take that right away as fast as he can! Especially our military troop votes!! A Proud American 2013 If Colonial Williamsburg chooses to restrict my right to free speech and not post this...I will stop visiting Colonial Williamsburg and stop buying season passes!
Anonymous
IT SHOULD NOT TAKE LONG TO VOTE AT ALL BECAUSE IT WOULD TAKE TO MUCH OF OUR TIME
Anonymous
I love the story about the North Miami woman. That woman,an obvious patriot, and the considerate people who supported her is a model of what the "Idea of America" is all about. No, we should not make it easier to vote. Responsible voters don't care about that. They care about making sure they're educated enough about the candidates in order to make the right choice. "Making it easier" isn't a reason. It's an excuse. Absentee ballots have been around for a long, long time. If you want to make it easier to vote, do your own research, watch the debates, make up your own mind and when you can vote confidently, that's what makes it easy.

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