Voting is the backbone of democracy. However, in the modern age, many democracies are still facing systemic issues of voter suppression. In suppressing this fundamental aspect of a functioning democracy, results are skewed to the will of the group in power. In the United States, democracy has been historically marred with voter suppression, especially towards ethnic and socioeconomic minorities. Despite strides forward from the abject suppression of the past, many citizens residing in low-income areas may lack the necessary knowledge or identification to register to vote or may be unable to attend the polls due to the long queues caused by a lack in voting centers and being unable to take off from work on election day. Whilst those more privileged may be able to enjoy a quick voting experience or financially bear missed work, working-class families or disabled citizens may be unable to endure the luxury of waiting hours to cast their votes. The result of this is simple: fewer votes from the less privileged.
The solution to this issue is simple: make voter participation easier yet support the integrity of the electoral system. One aspect of a solution has been advanced by the issue of Coronavirus. Absentee voting allows those who cannot make it to a polling station on election day to vote. With people in lockdown or quarantine, absentee voting became normalized in comparison to previous years where voting in person was custom. With absentee voting covering issues in poll access, the second aspect of the solution is the use of technology to educate and make it easier for one to register regardless of background. Taking advantage of modern technologies like Blockchain data organization and social media advertising about how to register, democracies like the U.S. can ensure an easy and valid electoral process.
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