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Thu Jan 24, 2013, 08:39 PM

"Analysis: 201,000 in Florida didn't vote because of long lines"

Analysis: 201,000 in Florida didn't vote because of long lines

By Scott Powers and David Damron, Orlando Sentinel

http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2013-01-23/business/os-voter-lines-statewide-20130118_1_long-lines-sentinel-analysis-state-ken-detzner

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Analyzing data compiled by the Orlando Sentinel, Ohio State University professor Theodore Allen estimated last week that at least 201,000 voters likely gave up in frustration on Nov. 6, based on research Allen has been doing on voter behavior.

His preliminary conclusion was based on the Sentinel's analysis of voter patterns and precinct-closing times in Florida's 25 largest counties, home to 86 percent of the state's 11.9 million registered voters.

"My gut is telling me that the real number deterred is likely higher," Allen said. "You make people wait longer, they are less likely to vote."

Around the state, nearly 2 million registered voters live in precincts that stayed open at least 90 minutes past the scheduled 7 p.m. closing time, according to Sentinel analysis of voting data obtained from county elections supervisors. Of those, 561,000 voters live in precincts that stayed open three extra hours or longer.

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Reply "Analysis: 201,000 in Florida didn't vote because of long lines" (Original post)
applegrove Jan 2013 OP
HockeyMom Jan 2013 #1
Sekhmets Daughter Jan 2013 #3
Coyotl Jan 2013 #4
Sekhmets Daughter Jan 2013 #7
HockeyMom Jan 2013 #9
Sekhmets Daughter Jan 2013 #10
Kalidurga Jan 2013 #2
Sekhmets Daughter Jan 2013 #5
indepat Jan 2013 #6
Historic NY Jan 2013 #8
Remmah2 Jan 2013 #11

Response to applegrove (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 08:43 PM

1. Rick Scott and Repukes who CUT the Early Voting Days

I guess they thought that would fix the election results for them. I voted Absentee Ballot and brought my ballot to the Supervisor of Elections myself when the polls were CLOSED.

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Response to HockeyMom (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 08:52 PM

3. What do you mean when the polls were CLOSED?

Here in Palm Beach Cty...they had to be turned in before the polls closed on election day.

I think Lee County added a new twist to voter suppression...70,000 new voters and they close 48 polling sites? How crazy is that?

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Response to Sekhmets Daughter (Reply #3)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 08:56 PM

4. Obviously, before they opened on election day but not during early voting hours

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Response to Coyotl (Reply #4)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 09:06 PM

7. Obviously?

Here in PBC you can drop off your absentee ballot at the SOE's office during early voting. If the answer were obvious, I would not have asked. I am interested in the different rules from one county to the next in FL.

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Response to Sekhmets Daughter (Reply #3)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 09:03 AM

9. I brought it the day before the election

The polls were not open on Monday before the election, but it was a normal working day for the Supervisor of Elections office. I just handed my ballot to the clerk and she recorded it.

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Response to HockeyMom (Reply #9)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 09:12 AM

10. Thanks...

I wasn't quite certain and didn't want to get my facts backwards. We have so many different systems...I wish there were one national standard, or at least one statewide standard.

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 08:47 PM

2. I totally believe that number, I believe it could be higher as well.

What I would like to see though is a breakdown of the people who didn't vote by:

gender

age

political party


My theory which I can't prove since we don't have the numbers is that this may have hurt Republicans slightly more. I can't see anyone disliking Obama so much or liking Romney so much to stand in line for 10 hours to vote for Romney. I think women were more likely to stick out the long lines as well. All the pictures I saw there were many more minorities in line there were more women than men. So, I think minorities understand how much Romney would take from them were more likely to stick it out than white people, but I don't know the percent of minority/white population in those precincts either. I heard they may have made special arrangements to help the disabled vote, but I wonder how many didn't vote because they didn't know that and the long lines were to discouraging for them. So, that would be helpful to know as well.

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Response to Kalidurga (Reply #2)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 09:00 PM

5. That's my gut feeling as well... n/t

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 09:06 PM

6. If only voter caging, voter intimidation, voter disenfranchisement, and voter suppression

were illegal. If only Repugs were made to account for their blatant crimes.

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 09:17 PM

8. Republicons ought to ask themselves could they been GOP votes too.

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 09:12 AM

11. Thank god there were enough people who DID stand in line!

 

It made the difference!

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