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Why We Can’t Use the Internet to Vote

At last, our long national nightmare is over. By tonight, we should know who will be the next president of the United States. Of course, that could be its own nightmare—a Donald Trump presidency or a months-long Trump temper tantrum, or a bullshit national debate over a rigged system that is anything but.

Here at MEL, we just want it all to stop. We’d also like voting to become easier: Some of us were astonished to show up at early voting locations in Los Angeles and find lines that were already five hours long. There must be a better way, right? After all, we can already do everything else with our phones. Why can’t we vote with them, too?

Read why casting your ballot by iPhone is a recipe for disaster here.

THE BEST OF OUR 2016 ELECTION COVERAGE:

I Spent a Day in Donald Trump’s Pants (and Jacket)

I wear a suit to work every day. On this day — and later for Rosh Hashanah — I wore a Donald J. Trump Signature Collection suit

Seven Hours With Tasha Reign, Porn Star and Political Activist

She wants California to vote ‘no’ on a proposition that would punish porn actors who don’t wear condoms

When the Memes Strike Back

Can a ‘Meme Alliance’ fight Facebook censorship by denying their fans the LOLs (and lulz)?

Is It Unpatriotic to Take Advantage of Tax Loopholes?

There are many reasons why Trump is a terrible American. Not paying taxes isn’t one of them

The Weird Lives of Past Presidents

An exhibition on the personal histories of American presidents shows the many different ways we remember past leaders

Hillary Clinton Is Our Only Chance to Keep the Presidency Hot

MEL’s Editorial Board has never seen a more hideous array of presidential candidates. We’re with her

9 Reasons Millennials Love Gary Johnson

Decoding the ditzy appeal of the 63-year-old New Mexican

How the Internet Decided to Have Hot Sex Instead of Enduring the Debate

Twitter, Reddit and Craigslist were full of ideas for making Monday night a lot more interesting

Mike Pence Tried to Keep Syrian Refugees out of Indiana. The Courts Said Otherwise

Just in time for the debates, Pence got owned by the legal system

The RNC, the Gathering of the Juggalos, My Long-Lost Little Brother and Me

He showed up unexpected at my door with a homemade sword; I, in turn, took him to Ohio for a mix of Trumpalos and Juggalos

The Only Good Thing That Happened During the Second Debate

🎶Yes, friends, it was a meme🎶

Grindr Was Lit at the RNC

Data from Grindr and Pornhub suggest that gays flocked to Cleveland during the RNC, despite the party’s hateful platform

Why Politicians Insist on Wearing Ill-fitting Suits

Dressing for the presidency is a delicate art

Trump Fits the Profile of a Classic Cult Leader. Can His Followers Be Saved?

We talked to Steven Hassan, a psychologist who helps people escape cults, about how to best dissuade Trump supporters

Your Bartender Prefers You Talk About Anything — They Mean Anything — Other Than Politics

On the frontlines of the 2016 election from behind the bar, the barber’s chair and the sales desk

Moving Back South in the Year of Trump

What it’s like when your old childhood friends turn into Trump lovers

What It’s Like to Host a Podcast With Hillary Clinton

A conversation with Longform’s Max Linsky, co-host of ‘With Her’

Hillary Clinton Doesn’t Have Aphasia, But I Do

For most of my life, it’s made simple conversations a serious challenge