V. Research and Report Summaries
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.