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Tue Feb 5, 2013, 12:44 PM


Blacks, Hispanics Waited Almost Twice As Long To Vote As Whites In 2012

Blacks, Hispanics Waited Almost Twice As Long To Vote As Whites In 2012
By Nicole Flatow on Feb 5, 2013 at 11:40 am

During the November 2012 election, Black and Hispanic voters waited nearly twice as long to vote as whites, according to a Massachusetts Institute of Technology analysis. New York Times graphs summarizing the analysis show that white voters waited an average of 12.7 minutes, while Black and Hispanic voters waited an average of 20.2 minutes:

Long lines in several swing states were a major concern during this election, and the longest lines were in Florida, where another recent study estimated that at least 201,000 people may have been deterred from voting .....

A report released by the Brennan Center for Justice Monday proposes congressional action to modernize the voting system through voluntary automated registration that moves with the voter from state to state, federal investment in voter registration reform, as well as online voter registration options and same-day registration options. Democrats expect President Obama to address voter modernization reform during his State of the Union next week.


Partisan mapmaking takes power from the people

It really is this simple:

Do Wisconsin voters want to choose their representatives?

Or do they want to allow their representative to choose them?

Without reform of the state's redistricting law - reform that would take the power to redraw political boundaries out of the hands of politicians - the latter will continue to be the law in Wisconsin.

That's wrong; the redistricting law must be changed for the good of the state's election system.

Creative redrawing of state legislative and congressional boundaries helps ensure incumbents remain in office and destroys competitive elections in most districts. ....

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