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Early voting is more than a convenience

Jack Fresquez, Yale ‘21, left his final class on Nov. 6, 2018, with a mission to vote in the midterm elections. Due to a clerical mix-up, he was forced to same-day register. He took his place around 2:30 p.m. in a line that seemed to grow endlessly as the night went on. “I ended up waiting for over four hours,” he remembers. “On the second floor of City Hall, the line looped around the entire building. And there were two lines: first to fill out the [registration] papers, and then to submit them.” That was before Jack could even vote. While Jack was ultimately able to vote, others did not have the same luxury. For parents, elderly, disabled, or working voters, the wait is especially unfeasible.