My proposal to clear up the problem of unacceptably long lines at the polls [“A three-hour wait in line for some voters,” news story, Nov. 7] is a law that would a) mandate fines — per hour, per precinct — when wait times are more than 30 minutes (modest fine), one hour (higher fine) or three hours (steep fine), and b) establish a red line of total hours waited, beyond which election officials would lose their jobs.

I think that with a bit of incentive, states would suddenly discover the ability to buy an adequate number of voting machines and to predict where to send them.

One possibility would be to hold a certain number of machines in reserve to be delivered at noon to precincts with unexpectedly high turnout.

Alicia Parks, Derwood