Survey results: Minorities and Dems more likely to encounter long voting lines

In addition to gerrymandering, there appears to have been another built-in advantage for conservative candidates in Tuesday’s election: It’s easier to vote in conservative, Republican areas.

This from Talking Points Memo:

“Voters across the country complained about long waits in states around the country, as long as seven hours in quadrenially troubled Florida, where Republican Gov. Rick Scott dramatically reduced early voting days despite similar issues in 2008.

If Democrats think measures like Scott’s in Republican-controlled states depress their vote specifically, they may be onto something. A Hart Research study sponsored by the AFL-CIO found wait times were disproportionately longer for Democrats and Democratic-leaning demographics by huge margins in 2012. For example, 16 percent of Obama voters reporter lines longer than 30 minutes, versus just 9 percent of Romney voters.”

And obviously, this was all a great big, unintentional coincidence.

3 Comments

  1. James

    November 8, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    Lovers of democracy should be suing local and state governments all across America to put a stop to this “separate and not-equal” travesty.

  2. Pat McCoy

    November 8, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    It’s been like this forever. The real news is that the media have taken so little interest in the War on Voting in general, and the many injustices that allowing elections to be controlled by partisans creates in every big election year.

    We should all remember how bitterly the conservatives opposed Motor Voter, parts of HAVA, and all other attempts to make the franchise more accessible. 30% of the electorate still isn’t even registered, for crying out loud, and the media never utter a peep about it, and there is no movement to modernize voter registration in simple, cheap ways that all other developed democracies have already done. Never mind make it easier to vote once they are registered.

    Oh, sorry. We’re a republic, not a democracy. Silly me.

  3. Frances Jenkins

    November 11, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Poor people in rural areas vote in outhouses.