I'm a big fan of Lib Gibson, my TED buddy. She has had an amazing career in tech, media and communications (ran Canada's largest Internet media company), sits on board of ING Direct Bank of Canada and is a college Professor teaching young entrepreneurs what they really need to know to make a business thrive.
So when Lib writes a comment to a blog post of mine, I listen. Her response to my post about on-line voting is just too good to remain in the Comments section. So I am repeating it here. For one thing, she corrects my error re Canada's practice re online voting. For another, she is so right in observing that setting up polling stations in the United States in a manner that people don't wait in long lines should be a no brainer!!
Here's Lib: "It's true that many other jurisdictions have had success with online voting, and it's being brought up often after observing so many people in lines at the voting booths this US election. But there's such a simple answer--simply set up more voting booths!!!!!! We don't have electronic voting in Canada for federal or provincial elections and I have NEVER stood in lines such as I've seen in the US. From up here, it just seems so Duh obvious. What am I missing? Big retail outlets know how to set up enough check-outs to serve all their customers. Maybe the people running the vote could ask their advice? It's hard not to feel disdain for a society that can get things so right in the commercial sector (we won't mention phone companies here), and fail to get the simplest thing right in elections. And stopping counting the vote, like they did in Florida??? Was everyone over 90 and they had to go to bed? "
She signed off as "Puzzled in Canada."
Yup, Lib, this is an embarrassment. I was thinking while seeing media coverage of these ridiculous hours-long lines of voters that they might resort to staining each voter's index finger with dye as they did in Iraq and Afghanistan!
Let's hope President Obama gets this on his list of to-do's. We can't go through this again.