For the most part we go out of our way to make things convenient, easily accessible and fast in this country. Except voting. You only get thirteen hours on a Tuesday. Why not 24 hours on the weekend? Or a whole week? Absentee ballots require planning. Lately you can vote ahead of time around here at twenty-six designated locations. But just try finding one.
I think I should be able to go anywhere in the country to vote. Use my fingerprint or read my retina, whatever, to identify me so I can vote out of town. I should be able to vote by computer, by phone, or kiosk in a library or a police station. My precinct options from hundreds or thousands of miles away would appear on a screen and I could make my choices.
No need for absentee ballots. No need to worry about whether my vote has been hijacked by local yokels. Everything goes into a single counting location -- not a million different places where it can get lost.
I know all the many hacker possibilities. And they'll invent more. But you watch, in twenty-five years, this will all come to pass. It always takes a generation.
Yes, I voted today. It was in an overheated school and everything was surpassingly inconvenient, but I did my civic damn duty.