Twelve years ago this week, Al Gore conceded the 2000 presidential election to George W. Bush. His concession came more than five weeks after the bitterly contested election that introduced us to Florida’s “hanging chads” and spurred a call for nationwide election reform.
Twelve years later that call remains, because so many states continue to have problems on Election Day.
This year, some voters in Miami — what’s in the water down there? — had to endure seven-hour waits before casting their ballots.
We’ll leave the calls for reform to other parts of the country. Oklahoma experienced a few snags while breaking in new voting machines, and there were pockets of long lines related mostly to precinct staffing.
But on the whole our system works well, and has for many years.