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As you know, we have a massive budget shortfall so let's save some money by reducing the number of voting machines in the collar counties rural areas. In Ohio in 2004, waiting lines were 8 hours long, just to vote. I see no reason that DuPage county voters can't do the same. Also, there is no reason for their to be more than one voting machine in rural counties, since their population is so low. Having to drive 50 miles to the polling station should be small inconvenience for the privilege of voting.

However, we do need to make sure that there are ample voting machines in Cook County and East St. Louis because the areas have a high concentration of voters. To reduce traffic congestion, we should try to get voters in and out as quick as possible.

This may seem unfair, but as you may know, many other states are passing laws that are adding restrictions before voters are allowed to vote. For example, Indiana passed a strict state ID act where even a registered voter cannot vote without a state ID. These laws are DESIGNED to target voters who are likely to vote Democratic.

What is shocking is how flippant republicans are about this. They seem to take the view that so long as my vote gets counted, who cares if somebody else is prevented. This sort of view is very shortsighted because if they can disenfranchise one person they can disenfranchise anyone, including you.

My proposal will not only save some money, but also demonstrate what it is like to be disenfranchised to those who would disenfranchise.

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