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View Diary: New Legislation Would Help Shorten Voting Lines, Strengthen People’s Ability to Vote (162 comments)

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  •  That should be covered by the 1 hour limit (7+ / 0-)

    States will get to determine the number and location of sites, but the 1-hour wait rule will force them to provide a minimum number based on population.

    (-2.38, -3.28) Independent thinker

    by TrueBlueDem on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 10:17:45 AM PST

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    •  How can you gauge that? (0+ / 0-)

      Having just worked at an early voting location for five weeks, I can tell you it's completely unpredictable. For instance, on the day that Sandy hit Ohio the hardest, we had absolutely no one — maybe a dozen voters an hour — for the first two hours, and the rest of the day we had lines. Voters told us that even on heavy days, they seldom waited more than 15 or 20 minute. But on the last weekend — after people had five weeks to get down here — there were sometimes almost two-hour waits. And we opened a second voting room that wasn't open most of the early weeks but in the same building. Adding auxiliary locations would have complicated logistics and bookkeeping to a degree that would likely have led to more disenfranchisement.

      Take the "Can't(or)" out of Congress. Support E. Wayne Powell in Va-07.

      by anastasia p on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 09:04:44 PM PST

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