Voting delays: The other national disaster

Long lines at gas stations in the Northeast will ease eventually, and were the result of a natural disaster, the "act of God" known as Sandy. But the voting debacle in Florida is man-made, and a true national scandal, in my view. It is a problem that could manifest itself in many places tomorrow, Election Day. That raises all sorts of questions about the legitimacy of our democracy. People waiting seven hours in line to vote? Voter fraud fears are unfounded. This is a real disenfranchisement, and while it seems to affect the working class and elderly and others on the margins the most, this seems like it is a problem that should concern both parties. Such lines are a great disincentive to voting.On this date in 1872, Susan B. Anthony voted (Republican) and was arrested, and later convicted for her crime. Is this any way to honor her activism?

David Gibson is the director of Fordham’s Center on Religion & Culture.

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