The American voting system must change


Well, the Presidential election couldn’t have picked a worse year to fall on. With voting as inaccessible as it already is in the United States, the pandemic has only made it harder for people in marginalized communities to vote.

There’s been lots of discourse on social media about voter suppression, unsurprisingly so. What about people who are in the hospital and can’t make it to the polls? What about the threat that drive-by ballots wouldn’t be counted in the official election? So many Americans shared their concerns on social media, and were met with similarly confused and anxious voters and political enthusiasts who had the same questions.

One Twitter user from Germany was appalled at the voter suppression in the United States after seeing a tweet that showed a long line of voters who had been waiting for hours. He commented his own experience with voting in Germany, one that serves as a reminder that the voter system in America doesn’t have to be so inaccessible.

According to the user, German people are registered at birth, and when they turn sixteen, they receive a letter that notifies them of their eligibility to vote in regional elections. They can vote by filling out the letter they were sent or showing up at a polling station, which, the user notes, are in schools, banks, and city halls, among other accessible places.

Another user mentioned that in their home country, workers took ballots to all the patients stuck in the hospital, allowing them to vote from their bed.

There are ways to do things outside of what we’ve traditionally known, and it’s time we started changing how we vote.