Not only are the lines long in America, but the ballots are long too. When it comes time to vote for president, Americans often also vote for their member of Congress, senator, local officials, and items put to referendum. In one Vermont town, even the dogcatcher is an elected official.
During a federal election, Canadians typically only vote for their member of parliament. Many positions that Americans routinely vote for – like judges and police chiefs – are appointed.
The difference speaks to how the two countries view democracy.
“A part of it is the idea that the more opportunities you have to vote, the more democratic it is,” Mr Lebo said.
“But a big part of democracy is not just the opportunity to vote. It’s about representation, and the ability to turn the will of the people into the kinds of policies that they want. And the US is pretty horrible at that.”