Long voting lines a hassle, but a little perspective would help

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Published: November 13, 2012
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When we whine about long voting lines, we do a disservice to those who fought in places like Belleau Wood and Bastogne to secure America's freedom. We do a disservice to those men and women in uniform today who are helping to ensure our liberty.

That doesn't mean improvements can't be made. Legislators should listen to county election board officials who say precinct volume wasn't considered when lawmakers redrew congressional districts — resulting in huge lines at some precincts, no lines at others. They also should consider bumping pay for poll workers, if possible.

Meantime, don't lose sight of what the griping is about — waiting longer than we'd like, on one day every few years, in order to vote. Relax, people.

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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