Some voters waited seven hours Tuesday to cast ballots. Electronic voting machines broke down at other polling places, and election officials in many states scrambled to find enough poll workers. Citing those issues and others, voting and civil rights groups have renewed calls for Congress to fix problems with how the nation votes and to modernize the voter registration process.
“Election Day was a window on just how rickety our voting system is,” said Michael Waldman, president of the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law. “If the election had been closer in many states, it would have been a catastrophe because the systems just weren’t working.”
President Barack Obama referred to some of the problems after the election in thanking supporters for waiting in long lines. “By the way, we have to fix that,” he said.