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Comment: Re:SC - 1 1/2 hour wait. not too bad (Score 1) 821 821

I agree with the parent, that's unacceptable to the level of incompetence.

Here in Aus, it takes me maybe 5 minutes to get in, vote and get out, if I'm unfortunate and the line is long. I don't think I've ever seen it over 5 or so people. Then again, we use simple paper ballots where you can either select your party and have them allocate your preferences (we vote preferential, not first-past-the-post) or you can explicitly identify each and every preference of every available candidate if you want the Ultimate Democratic Experience (TM). More info here:

The system is good. It's fast if you want that or exhaustive if you want that, it's hard to mess up and it's robust. I like it. There's none of this stupid electronic voting that can be tampered with and there's no wait times from hell that you guys in the US seem to suffer.

The biggest crime I've noticed with our voting system is that the voting-day sausage sizzle BBQ seems to be disappearing from polling booths. You used to be able to get a free sausage on bread on the way out of the polling booth but I'm seeing less and less of that. It makes getting up hungover on a Saturday that much more difficult.

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