A Sticky Situation

by Jillian Kay Melchior

Getting your electoral say in the most powerful and successful democracy on earth is epically awesome, in my opinion. But without the sticker, it’s apparently not enough to satisfy some.

Yesterday, disgruntled voters took to social media to whinge about how their stingy polling stations didn’t offer them a sticker.

It may sound grinchy, but the stickers just aren’t worth it. One election administrator, Clifford Rodgers of Knox County, Tenn., crunched the numbers:

[Rodgers] calculated that he could save $1,512 by forgoing the 190,000 stickers (the number of people who turned out to vote in the 2008 presidential election) and shipping them to polling locations. “I can train 25 election officials for that amount of money,” Mr. Rodgers said.

Yesterday, casting a ballot often required a wait of an hour or more. Suddenly, easier, faster voting looks a lot more appealing than flair. So remind me again why we’re stuck on stickers?

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