How to make voting easier? I've heard proposals for weekend voting, for a National Voting Day holiday so that people aren't at work, and of course we have various places with early or no-fault absentee or mail-in voting. I don't recall ever hearing this one, however: what about 24 hour voting? Start Election "Day" the previous evening, and go 24 hours, with a break from, whatever, midnight to 6AM, something like that.
The nice thing would be that you could stagger the hours so that everyone started and ended at the same time: the East Coast could go from 8PM Monday night until 8PM Tuesday night, while the West Coast could vote from 5PM to 5PM. Even Alaska and Hawaii would be on the same time. I think the TV folks would like that; I know that the people who worry about left-coasters being disenfranchised by early poll closing on the other side of the nation would will it.
The downside would be that you would have to deal with ballot security overnight, and that it would cost some money, although not all that much. And, what do I know -- maybe the people who don't vote now because they don't get around to it just consider voting low priority, and would pass either way (are there studies on the effects of polling place hours on turnout? Anyone know?). And in real life, getting all the states to buy in is a tough one (although federal grants have been known to affect state behavior before!).
Still, it's less disruptive than the holiday, and more traditional than weekend voting. What do you think?