After every election, we hear horror stories of breakdowns in the system. These things happen in elections at all levels but usually it is the high-profile ones like elections for president that draw media attention to the many, many problems that beset American elections, some inadvertent, some by deliberate design.
The list is long. Voting machines malfunctioning or breaking down altogether, poorly trained election staff, insufficient numbers of ballots, polling places insufficiently staffed resulting in long lines and waiting times of hours, polling stations not opening on time or unexpectedly closed, increased voting restrictions making it harder and harder for people to register to vote, onerous and sometimes humiliating identification requirements, lists of voter rolls being purged of legitimate voters, the list goes on.
This does not even include dark suspicions of voting machines being rigged to switch votes from one candidate to another, though I have not seen those rumors confirmed.
This is an absolute disgrace. If you tried to deliberately make people disgusted so that they would opt out of the voting proves, you could not do a better job.
Most of the blame can be placed on the lack of insufficient resources being provided to do things properly, the same starving of the public sector that has resulted in crumbling infrastructure and general decay of public services.
But the bedrock of democracy it is that people should be able to vote fairly easily and straightforwardly and that their votes should be accurately tallied. The US has been conducting elections for more than two hundred years. It is high time that we did it right.