You think of your neighbor differently when you run into him at a polling station. You may never have discussed with him the war in Ukraine, climate change, or taxes, but seeing him voting shows that he, like you, cares about such larger affairs. It turns out you share more with him than you realized. That effect would be lost if voting came down to pointing and clicking.
Is it too much to ask that we put up with some inconvenience to vote, a right for which, over the ages, countless people have given their lives? If voting’s truly important to you, having to wait 30 minutes outside the voting booth should be seen as a burden worth bearing—particularly if you’re willing to wait twice that long in the line at the Apple Store.
We must oppose barriers that make voting harder for some people than others. But those are different from general inconveniences, such as having to get up early to hit the polls before work, which we all share. The costs of eliminating all such inconveniences would outweigh the benefits.
Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute