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Sun Nov 11, 2012, 03:13 PM

Long lines at the polls stir calls in Congress for election reform




Long lines at the polls stir calls in Congress for election reform
By Mike Lillis - 11/11/12 03:00 PM ET


A growing number of lawmakers want Congress to step in to streamline voters' trips to the polls.

Although warnings of voter fraud generated far more discussion leading up to Tuesday's elections, enormous lines in many districts turned out to be the much greater threat to the process, as hours-long waits greeted voters in Florida, Virginia, Maryland, Wisconsin and elsewhere.

The delays have stirred questions about why the world's oldest democracy can't make it easier to vote, stoked accusations of voter suppression in minority districts and renewed the debate over Washington's responsibility to safeguard an efficient process.

Now, just days after the polls closed, a number of Democrats say Congress should intervene to "normalize" voting nationwide and ensure the snags at the polls in 2012 don't plague elections down the line.

"This ought not to be difficult. This is not rocket science," Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) said in a phone interview Friday. "We've got to figure out how to clean up federal elections."


Rep. Jim Moran, another Virginia Democrat, echoed that message, saying the delays are "unforgivable in a modern society."


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http://thehill.com/homenews/house/267171-long-lines-at-the-poll-stir-calls-in-congress-for-election-reform-

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 03:15 PM

1. It's a no brainer. Voting by mail works.

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Response to Tierra_y_Libertad (Reply #1)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 08:45 PM

2. As an added bonus, it would keep

some postal employees employed. Brilliant!

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Response to babylonsister (Reply #2)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 09:25 PM

3. As a retired postal employee I took that into consideration.

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Response to Tierra_y_Libertad (Reply #1)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 09:27 PM

4. So long as it's an option and not a mandate, that's great n/t

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 09:31 PM

5. And Arizona is still counting 1/4 of the vote.... smh!

Matthew Roberts, a spokesman for Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett, reported Friday evening that 524,633 early and provisional ballots were still being counted statewide.


http://www.azcentral.com/news/politics/free/20121110arizona-election-ballot-counting.html

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