Black and Hispanic voters waited almost twice as long as whites to vote in the 2012 election. That startling figure comes out of a new MIT study, which reveals that black voters waited on average 20.2 minutes, compared to 12.7 minutes waited by whites.
Long lines were far commoner in big cities – Democratic strongholds – and could have lost Democrats thousands of votes and perhaps even seats in Congress. One study showed that over 200,000 voters in Florida "gave up in frustration" and didn't vote, the New York Times reports.
So it's hardly surprising that Team Blue are bent on making voting easier and expanding early voting. Dems in Congress have drafted bills requiring states to offer online registration and at least 15 days of early voting. And Obama even mentioned the issue in his inaugural speech: "We have to fix that."