Long lines are a poll tax
Rachel Maddow explains why excessively long lines are actually a poll tax. Monetary poll taxes were ruled unconstitutional just 44 years ago. But, as Rachel points out, time spent waiting to vote is worth something, too. Lines for early voting in Florida and Georgia ranged anywhere from 2 to 6 hours. How many people can get that much time off work? How many people are shelling out for child care for all the time they spend waiting at the polling place? What about the elderly and the disabled? Today the Office of Personnel Management refused federal employees extra time to vote, despite a joint plea by a Democratic and a Republican member of congress. Sure, it's heartwarming that so many people are investing so much time to vote, but it shouldn't be necessary. It's not like these election thingies are surprise events.