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    In would love for it to have been 20 minutes. It was over 3 hours in my area which is very left leaning. The republican controlled state did everything they could to make it difficult to vote by reducing polling places and challenging your id. I presented both a US passport and my drivers license. 3 different people had to look at it. That's never happend before. It was quite suspicios.
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    Republicans are growing more and more desperate. It wouldn't surprise me to see armed guards to intimidate any registered Democrats or Independents new election.
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    This study is skewed to the large population centers where most minorities live. Minorities waited no longer than whites in the subburbs and rural areas. The best way to solve long lines is to increase the number of voting booths and poll workers.
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    I have to wonder is time of day has anything to do with it. (Are they waiting till the last minute.) When I vote in person, I time my voting to avoid the lines.
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    @Thunderchicken Yes, and that is the reason for early voting, more more opportunity to vote and shorten the lines. But, many who work are forced to vote at certain hours during the day. I never had a job that I could leave anytime I wished to go vote. However we did allow employees to leave early, as long as enough were left to keep the operation going.
    I remember a time in my life that I worked overseas...28 days on and 28 days off. I commuted from my home to the work location on a monthly basis. In 1980 I was in Brazil during election time. I had to go to the courthouse to get an absentee ballot, fill it out and leave it with the County Clerk...but only after I proved my residence and registeration. My point is...if a person wants to vote, they will vote and do so when they are off from work or use the process that allows them to do so outside regular voting schedules.
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    Increase the number of polling locations, makes sense.
    Just don't understand why Obama dosent give any attention to the more
    serious issues facing Blacks. Like: the number of fatherless black children. Number of Blacks incarcerated, number of school dropouts, percentile of deaths of Blacks killed by other Blacks, with handguns! Number of Black officials convicted of numerous infractions. Leaving their city in ruins, as they lived the high- life.
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    @PackerMan There will never be any attention given to the failures within the black communtiy by their present leaders. There must always be a demon on the outside that "causes" their problems. Just like an acohol or drug abuser, the problem cannot be solved unless an admission of the problem is first made. Barack Husssein Obama knows that as long as he keeps them "barefooted and pregnant" he can control their vote by throwing handouts their way. And their community leaders have built their careers upon the condidion of the black populace as it exists now. To change that will affect those careers.
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    I am 1/2 black, 1/4 Hispanic and 1/4 Caucasian. I voted early. I only had to wait behind two people at the early voting place. I believe in all that too many people wait until voting day. It's so much easier to vote early! So I guess I don't fall into your statistics. Early voting should be taken advantage of!
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    Turnout in the suburbs was much lighter than it was in the inner city. Blacks waited longer because their turnout was heavier. Nothing sinister about it. There is nothing keeping election officials from adding a few more machines if 20 minutes is too long to wait. I don't think it is, frankly. I would not give up and go home over a twenty or even thirty minute wait. It's silly to claim that waiting is disenfranchisement. Most of the elections boards in the inner cities are run by Democrats, that is true. They are hardly trying to cheat their most faithful voters.
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    This has more to do with early voting. Not racism or some big conspiracy. More whites do absentee or early votes. This leads to shorter lines in mostly white neighborhoods...you get the rest right? This is why I voted early.
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    @tomincali Pretty much those ones, voting for race or color is racist no matter the motivation and something that should not be tolerated todays day and age.
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    Early votes will help without a doubt, but eventually we will to have to explore electronic voting systems. Our voting system is not scalable. Unfortunately, there is a major technological lag in our government, and there is a lot of technophobia among the population.
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    Excellent post.
    One wonders, if we are able to pay bills, access bank info, purchase goods and services, and most importantly, file taxes on the internet, why can't one vote using their own computer? Hell, in the time it took to write this post on my Android phone, I could have voted.
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    Of course. It is all part of a White man conspiracy to subjugate the Black man. Gimmie a break! Who posted this nonsense drivel of "blacks waited longer". Why is it that blacks always want to scream racism every possible chance. Even coming up with such insane idiotic stuff as this.
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    Why is it that where DEMs run everything it's the most screwed up? If 93% of the black vote is for DEMs then I'd say why is it that the DEMs are suppressing there own votes. Maybe their racists!! The Klan was a bunch of DEMs so I don't think it's a streach to think this at all.
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    States control their voting... all of these states are run by the GOP and only had issues in Dem strongholds. If the opposite happened Fox would be screaming about fraud. Heck, they've been screaming about fraud and don't even have issues as blatant as these.
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    @AceLuby Keep in mind...the number of polls is controlled by local county and precinct (Parish and Ward in Louisiana) officials. In Texas, which is a GOP stronghold, many of the counties have a Democratic majority of registered voters and therefore the Democrats control the largest number of voting places during primary elections and the budget controls how many poll workers and voting booths are available. In general elections everyone votes at the same polling places. The voting times are set according to the number of registered voters and past voting statistics.
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    @thatgirl With allowances for errors in grammar and spelling, TDriver04 was pretty straightforward in his post...very easy to understand. A true statement for the most part.
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    @seedtick The number of polls is, but not other aspects such as early voting, registration, absentee voting, voting times, etc... those are controlled by the state.
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  • #5
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    Voter suppression as a tactic is repulsive to any good citizen.

    You should encourage every legal CITIZEN to vote!
  • #52
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    This is not an option for all voters in all states. Some states require a valid medical excuse to get an absentee ballot. All of Oregon voting is done by mail. No lines. It was very easy to vote up here.
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    @PNWest

    In MO, I fax a request to the county clerk. I can't see a medical excuse being required. What if a person is simply traveling during an election?(That's how I started voting absentee.)
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    @Thunderchicken That was another valid excuse. My wife and I wanted to vote absentee many years ago due to our careers making it difficult to get to the polls but did not meet the criteria. I had forgotten about being out of the state or country as a valid excuse. I do remember that unless you had a pretty convincing excuse you weren't getting an absentee ballot.
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    @Thunderchicken I was too. I like it here in Oregon. You get the ballot about 3 weeks before the election and just either drop it in the mail or take it in to the courthouse when you are ready to vote. Beats standing in line and you can take your time in reading the various ballot proposals they try to sneak by you.
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  • #145
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    Don't care what race you are if in a twelve hour period you can't find the time to go vote then maybe your just not to interested in voting. Why is it that these types of problems always and only effect blacks.
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    easier registration? Have we learned nothing? We just learned you can vote in some precincts without ID. And you can become president without a birth certificate. No wonder folks give up.
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    My former neighborhood had two machines for thousands of mainly black voters my wait time was minimum 45 minutes, where I live now there were 4 machines for a few hundred mainly white voters and it took me about 4 minutes from the time I parked to the time I voted. Hmm? both districts were republican controlled at the time.
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    it is pretty sad that voters cannot take the time out of their day to go and vote for the president. stop complaining and get over yourselves.
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