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NYT Frets: Waiting Times Cost Democrats Votes

From a terribly concerned about the sanctity of the ballot box, New York Times:

Waiting Times at Ballot Boxes Draw Scrutiny

By JEREMY W. PETERS | February 4, 2013

WASHINGTON — With studies suggesting that long lines at the polls cost Democrats hundreds of thousands of votes in November, party leaders are beginning a push to make voting and voter registration easier, setting up a likely new conflict with Republicans over a deeply polarizing issue.

What does voter registration have to do with long lines to vote? Besides, we thought the last two Presidential elections had record turnout, at least for the people the New York Times and the rest of the Democrat Party care about.

White House officials have told Congressional leaders that the president plans to press for action on Capitol Hill, and Democrats say they expect him to highlight the issue in his State of the Union address next week. Democrats in the House and Senate have already introduced bills that would require states to provide online voter registration and allow at least 15 days of early voting, among other things.

After all, this is clearly a crisis that must be deal with immediately. We have to protect the sanctity of the vote.

Fourteen states are also considering whether to expand early voting, including the battlegrounds of Florida, Ohio and Virginia, according to FairVote, a nonprofit group that advocates electoral change…

Needless to say, ‘FairVote,’ is a Democrat front group. Among other things they are leading the push for felons to be given the right to vote.

Several recent polls and studies suggest that long waiting times in some places depressed turnout in 2012 and that lines were longest in cities, where Democrats outnumber Republicans.

Did Obama not carry any of the states with these cities?

In a New York Times/CBS News poll taken shortly after Election Day, 18 percent of Democrats said they waited at least a half-hour to vote, compared with 11 percent of independents and 9 percent of Republicans.

A Massachusetts Institute of Technology analysis determined that blacks and Hispanics waited nearly twice as long in line to vote on average than whites.

Democrats, along with women and minorities, always suffer the most.

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.

Could it be that their voters are ‘slow’? Or could it be that they maybe vote more than once.

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.

Perhaps in the future we should just add these voters who gave up. If the election is close and they were going to vote Democrat.

“It’s one of the most sacred rights you have,” Mr. Piccolo added. “They should make it as painless as possible.”

Is voting more of a sacred right than say owning a gun? Some people have no problem making that as painful as possible.

As the Supreme Court prepares to hear a major challenge to the Voting Rights Act this month — with a decision potentially giving states more freedom to tighten voting requirements — election issues seem likely to become even more of a flash point.

Which is why The Times wrote this article in the first place. They know the justice care what they think about them.

Republicans in several states across the country have passed or promoted measures they say are meant to reduce voter fraud, like stricter identification requirements…

By highlighting long waits and cumbersome voter registration as issues, Democrats hope they have found a counterattack. Democrats have already tried to block the Republican efforts, noting that nonpartisan analyses have generally found voter fraud to be extremely rare…

But still not as rare, as say, murders by assault weapons. Besides, we know what The Times means by "nonpartisan analyses."

Waiting times are “costing America a lot of votes,” said Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a New York Democrat who is sponsoring the Senate voting bill and expects to have the full support of the White House.

She added, “We’ve talked to some of the White House staff about this from the beginning, and I think it’s something they care deeply about, and I think it’s something they will help us pass.” …

Of course it is what Obama cares about. Lest we forget, Obama got his start stuffing ballots for ACORN via ‘Project Vote.’ In fact, he was so good at stuffing ballot boxes he taught an ACORN leadership class for years.

Theodore T. Allen, a systems engineer at Ohio State who conducted the analysis of Florida voting last year, said that lengthy ballots also played an important role in how long voting takes…

The average wait nationwide was 14 minutes last year, according to Mr. Stewart’s data. Blacks and Hispanics waited an average of 20.2 minutes, compared with 12.7 minutes for whites. In the most populous areas — those with more than 500,000 voters in a county — the average wait was 18 minutes, more than double what it was in counties with fewer than 50,000 voters.

According to Mr. Allen’s estimates, waiting times cost Mr. Obama a net of about 15,000 votes in Florida…

No problem. Just add them to the vote count. Why would anybody lie about votes?

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, February 5th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “NYT Frets: Waiting Times Cost Democrats Votes”

  1. Blacks and Hispanics waited an average of 20.2 minutes, compared with 12.7 minutes for whites.

    Yeah, it’s racist policies that are to blame. Perhaps the difference in the speed with which it takes people to vote isn’t racial. Perhaps it is because the percentage of illiterate or just plain stupid voters is higher in the “slow” voting districts. “Keep Obama in president… he gave us a phone…” I rest my case.

    Besides, fraud is a tricky business. It’s naturally going to take longer than a clean honest vote.

  2. USSFreedom

    Pre-selected ballots distributed in districts requiring no ID for a signature is the solution for them. Oh wait, they already have bags and bags of paper mail in ballots and those from the nursing homes and cemetery’s. Plus appointed members in the Electoral College. What could be the problem? Wanting more votes for their candidate than voters in the district, Oops, got that also. Ballots in 35 languages? THAT’S IT….. and lifting the 4 year presidential term requirement will do the trick. MMM MMM MMM

  3. imnewatthis

    In the old days they’d probably just add more locations where people can vote. Wouldn’t that solve the problem of waiting in line too long? But that wouldn’t be using this “crisis” to bring about “transformation”.


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