Voting in the U.S. is turning into a struggle.

In every election, it seems, thousands of would-be voters are discouraged by long lines, malfunctioning machines and baffling ballots.

Now Republicans are busy making things worse. Pennsylvania admits voter fraud is nonexistent, but the state passed a strict new voter ID law anyway.

Many states are requiring new documents to register or get a ballot. In Massachusetts and Mississippi, even where a court has ruled that out, billboards and fliers keep the intimidation going.

Several states “outsourced” purging their voter lists, then the contractor failed, leaving thousands of voters stranded.

At this rate, the U.S. won’t dare send election observers to new democracies any more; we’re making too much of a mess of voting here at home.

Charles Ferguson

Vassalboro

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