I’ve tried three times this week to vote at the Collegedale early voting place. Each time I’ve been there, the line was not only around the building, but it stretched at least another block (or two) into the adjacent parking lot.
I realize that it is easy for someone like me to criticize the ones running the election, but I feel criticism is deserved in this case. If they cared about doing a good job, they would either open some more early voting locations or do something about this problem.
I’m 72 years old and I take it seriously that we have the privilege to vote in our great country. Why are we forced to stand in line for hours to do something that could be done online like other things are in the 21st century. I signed up for Social Security online. Why can’t we vote online? I realize that there is potential for people to abuse this, but I believe that, with the technology available today, a system could be set up that was fool proof. I thought that the constant rain would hinder the long lines today, but it didn’t. I saw a long line of folks standing out there with their umbrellas.
If we can’t vote online, at least they should make it to where you didn’t have to stand in a line half a day.
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Any registered voter over the age of 60 in Tennessee may vote by absentee ballot.
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Everyone in Hamilton County can early vote at any of the four locations. I stood in line only 45 minutes the other day at the Brainerd Rec Center, and they graciously allowed the elderly and handicapped to go to the front of the line.
It all went very smoothly, and everyone was kind and polite.