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  •  No. (5+ / 0-)

    The decisions that affect wait times (distribution of voting machines, etc.) are made at the state level.  State-level executives (including secretaries of state, the relevant actors here) have leaned more Republican since the '90s.

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    by cardinal on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 07:16:58 AM PST

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    •  Lots of decisions affect wait times. One question: (0+ / 0-)

      who decides the actual location of polling places?

      I don't think that's done at a state level, but it might be different in different states.

      At any rate, now I'm curious.
      I'll have to dig a little deeper into that report, but...

      I'm having a serious problem understanding this big difference in voting waits if there was no problem in places like Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles.

      That's a mighty big hunk of people in those places, and a very minority-heavy hunk.  The problems elsewhere would have to be that much bigger if those places were ok.

      Hmmm. That still leaves places like Atlanta, Houston, New Orleans, and St Louis as large cities with major minority populations.

      Kind of an interesting question as I look a little deeper.

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      by dinotrac on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 07:29:02 AM PST

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      •  Duh. (5+ / 0-)

        People have told you this already.

        Chicago is in Democratic Illinois. New York is in Democratic New York. Los Angeles is is Democratic California. That is the difference.

        Atlanta, Houston, New Orleans, and St. Louis are in Republican-dominated states. That's why their electoral systems are jacked up against minorities.

        Keep pretending to not get it.

        •  Duh --- Got a little trouble with that math stuff, (0+ / 0-)

          don't you?

          Let me try to explain in simple terms ---

          If lots and lots of people experience no delays, the other people must experience real, real bad ones to make that average thingie so big.

          I'd mention the concept of medians, but I really don't want to overload you.

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          by dinotrac on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 07:39:51 AM PST

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        •  Was there problems in Houston or New Orleans? (1+ / 0-)
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          I never heard about any.

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