Only in America: Drive-through voting

October 22nd, 2008 - 2:31 pm ICT by IANS  

Los Angeles, Oct 22 (DPA) With the oldest ever candidate and the first black nominee, the upcoming US election already has a lot of firsts. Now add another: drive-through voting.Voters here can perform their civic duty without leaving the comfort of their automobiles at eight electronic booths set up in a parking lot. The booths are also available for voters to register on the last permitted day before the Nov 4 election.

The Los Angeles Times quoted Neal Kelley, the local registrar of voters, as saying that “as far as he knows the setup is the first of its kind”.

The special drive-through voting booths were originally designed for disabled voters. They are lower than regular voting booths making them the perfect height for drivers to use through their open car windows.

Kelley said his office had been inundated with calls about the drive-through voting system, predicting that the number of last day registrations would triple the 1,200 people who registered on the last possible day prior to the 2004 election.

“I didn’t think it would catch on,” Kelley said. “It seems to have hit a chord with people. They like the convenience factor.”

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