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

Posted By Rob Schofield On November 8, 2012 @ 1:27 pm In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled

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 [1] 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 [2] 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.


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[1] seven hours: http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/11/no-one-in-america-should-have-to-wait-7-hours-to-vote/264506/

[2] study: http://www.aflcio.org/Press-Room/Press-Releases/Voters-Reject-Romney-Economics-Favor-Rebuilding-Middle-Class-Investing-in-America-Nationwide-Election-Night-Survey-Finds

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