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Long Lines at the Polls in Rhode Island in 2012

  • May 9, 2013

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5-9-13In reviewing the November general election, Rhode Island’s House Committee on Oversight found a number of reasons for the long lines voters encountered at several polling places:

  • One polling place, which had reports of voters waiting two to three hours, was not set up according to the plan approved by the Board of Elections.
  • At another precinct, the wrong ballots were delivered, and the correct ones did not arrive until almost two hours after polls opened. 
  • Having fewer technicians on call across the state to address Election Day problems than in 2008 led to waits when some machines needed repairs. 
  • Longer ballots also played a role, with 48 percent of voters needing to complete multiple-page ballots, compared with just 20 percent in 2008. 

Tags: Election administration, Elections 2012

Date:
May 9, 2013
Issues:
Election Administration, Elections 2012
 
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