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electionlineWeekly — May 10 2018

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V. Research and Report Summaries
electionline provides brief summaries of recent research and reports in the field of election administration. The summaries are courtesy of This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., director of research for the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.

Improving the Voter Experience, Bipartisan Policy Center, April 2018: This report focuses on progress made on studying lines at polling places and tools can be used to measure and mitigate them. Recent research shows:

  • Long lines are not the norm for most voters. There are a fraction of polling places where voters wait longer than the 30 minutes and a smaller group polling places where lines are over one hour.
  • Lines can be caused by a variety of issues, some unique to a particular polling place or others by more general problems related to chronic capacity shortages.
  • Lines are longest on the morning of Election Day. 
  • Longer lines tend to occur more in larger precincts, in precincts unable to handle early morning lines, and in precincts that are more urban, dense, and have higher minority populations.