“New Report: Many Election Day Lines Shorter in 2016, But Some Long Waits Remain”


Fewer Americans waited in long lines to vote during 2016’s presidential election compared with 2012, but a significant number of polling places still experienced average wait times over 30 minutes, according to a new Bipartisan Policy Center report published today.

BPC and the CalTech/MIT Voting Technology Project conducted the largest-ever national study of polling place wait times on Election Day 2016, with poll workers measuring lines at 4,006 voting precincts in 88 jurisdictions across 11 states, including swing states Michigan, Virginia, and Florida. Studied locations accounted for about 8 percent of all votes cast in the 2016 presidential election.

Notably, states that had the longest wait times in 2012 like Michigan, Florida, and Virginia saw the biggest improvements in 2016.


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