Long lines, confusion reveal flaws in U.S. elections
WASHINGTON – Even as President Obama was about to give his victory speech early Wednesday, dozens of Florida voters waited in line waiting to cast ballots more than five hours after the polls officially closed. Thousands of people in Virginia, Tennessee and elsewhere also had to vote in overtime.
Well into the 21st Century, it strikes many people as indefensible that the U.S. can't come up with a more streamlined and less chaotic election system. The president said as much at the very start of his speech.
"I want to thank every American who participated in this election, whether you voted for the very first time or waited in line for a very long time," Obama said. "By the way, we have to fix that."
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