Election Day Long Lines: Resource Allocation

Source: Christopher Famighetti, Amanda Melillo, Myrna Pérez, Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law, September 15, 2014

From the abstract:
Lack of poll workers and low numbers of voting machines are key contributors to long voting lines, and precincts with more minorities experienced longer waits. Although many factors may contribute to long lines, little research has assessed how polling place resource allocation contributes to delays. In advance of the 2014 midterm election, this report attempts to fill that gap by analyzing precinct-level data from states where voters faced some of the longest lines in the country in 2012: Florida, Maryland, and South Carolina. Specifically, the study assesses how machine and poll worker distribution contributes to long lines and what role race played in predicting where lines might develop — providing an important roadmap exploring the causes of long lines that have plagued millions of Americans.
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