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Tue Feb 5, 2013, 08:58 PM

"Waiting Times at Ballot Boxes Draw Scrutiny"

Waiting Times at Ballot Boxes Draw Scrutiny

By JEREMY W. PETERS at the NY Times



Several recent polls and studies suggest that long waiting times in some places depressed turnout in 2012 and that lines were longest in cities, where Democrats outnumber Republicans. In a New York Times/CBS News poll taken shortly after Election Day, 18 percent of Democrats said they waited at least a half-hour to vote, compared with 11 percent of independents and 9 percent of Republicans.

A Massachusetts Institute of Technology analysis determined that blacks and Hispanics waited nearly twice as long in line to vote on average than whites. Florida had the nation’s longest lines, at 45 minutes, followed by the District of Columbia, Maryland, South Carolina and Virginia, according to Charles Stewart III, the political science professor who conducted the analysis.

A separate analysis, by an Ohio State University professor and The Orlando Sentinel, concluded that more than 200,000 voters in Florida “gave up in frustration” without voting.

“When I got there, the line was around the building,” said Jonathan Piccolo, 33, who said he had waited nearly eight hours to cast a ballot in Miami-Dade County the Monday before Election Day.


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Tue Feb 5, 2013, 09:13 PM

1. NEVER forget!!!!!

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Tue Feb 5, 2013, 10:49 PM

2. Well no shit

This longstanding tradition has drawn such scrutiny before. Until people are held accountable, this will continue to happen every 2 years.

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