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Blacks and Hispanics Waited Nearly Twice as Long in Line to Vote as Whites in 2012 Election

Waiting in long lines at the polls isn’t good for any democracy, but it is particularly worrisome in a country like America, where most vote-buttoncitizens are already burdened by a slew of other responsibilities. Even more troubling are new findings which indicate that waiting in long lines to cast your ballot is only a problem for minorities in this country.

The New York Times is reporting that long lines suppressed turnout in the 2012 election, with Hispanics and blacks waiting in line longer than whites:

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.

President Obama reportedly plans to push for legislation to alleviate long lines on election day. Democrats in the House and Senate have already introduced legislation that would require states to provide online voter registration and allow at least 15 days of early voting, among other things. Several states are also considering whether to expand early voting.

It is unlikely that Republicans will go along with any move to decrease disenfranchisement since they were the main architects of such plans in the run up to President Obama’s reelection.

3 Responses to Blacks and Hispanics Waited Nearly Twice as Long in Line to Vote as Whites in 2012 Election

  1. JR

    February 7, 2013 at 1:39 am

    I have to disagree with what the first sister said, I live in NC and I saw just as many brothers and sisters voting early as I saw white people. Once again another example of how white people will try and cheat in order to gain an upper hand as they have done throughout the history of this country.

  2. EasyJesus66

    February 6, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Guess What… Most Black and Hispanic people HAVE JOBS… Yeah.

  3. Onesilverbac

    February 6, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    In Ohio you have 33 days to cast a ballot, if that is not enough time then the voter has a problem!

    More blacks and Hispanics voted than ever before, nearly 100%. Election Boards don’t staff up for that amount, it’s based upon past history. If you want to avoid waiting in line just continue to vote large numbers or try noon instead of 6:30 pm.