So American Idol contestant Melinda Doolittle believes the slightly older age of her fans hurt her during voting the other night:
"Doolittle credited finalists Blake Lewis and Jordin Sparks as 'two amazing contestants' and said her older base of supporters may not have votes as often as younger fans.
'They may not spend a full two hours voting, and that's OK," she said." (USA Today, Friday, May 18)
If anyone doesn't think the willingness of 18- to 21-year-olds to vote for American Idol candidates for two hours at a time and reluctance to vote even once for a presidential candidate isn't as great an indictment of the American democracy as there ever could be, you're dead wrong. This is a huge problem. Voting for government offices must be streamlined and made more efficient to fit life in the 21st century. The idea that you cannot register on election day is preposterous. Let's have same-day voter registration. Now.