* Letters to the Editor

Young Voters Discouraged Due to Long Voter Lines

I am a 20-year-old college studen at the University of California, Irvine.
I have solved for you the problem of why no 18- to 20-year-olds voted at the polls!
At Irvine, there are about 30,000 students, and we had two polling places on campus for all of the on-campus residents.
This was not enough and resulted in ridiculous lines for voting. One of my friends voted at 9:30 a.m. and had to wait 45 minutes to vote at the Cross-Cultural Center.
I voted at 4 p.m. and had to wait two hours to vote at Verano Place.
Finally, another one of my friends voted at 7 p.m. and had to wait three hours to vote at Verano.
How can we be expected to wait in line to vote if it is going to take this long?
My friend, who voted in the morning, was late to her class because of it.
It is midterms week and she cannot afford that!
Luckily, I wasn’t busy that night, but my friend who waited in line for three hours didn’t realize that it was going to take so long, and so didn’t bring work to do. Now he is paying for it.
Also, these one- to three-hour waiting times on campus are compared to 10-45 minute wait times off campus.
When my off-campus friends voted, they only had to wait for 10 minutes.
Politicians and celebrities say they want us to vote, but when it is this difficult