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Study shows minority precincts endured longer times to cast ballots in 2018


November 5, 2019

Brian Cahn • Tribune News Service

The largest study on wait times to date covered a representative swath of the country's demographic makeup over 11 states and 18 million registered voters. These voters were waiting in Georgia.

Voters in communities with greater minority populations and lower incomes were more likely to wait longer to cast their ballots in the 2018 midterm elections, with Fulton County, Ga., topping the list, according to a new study published Monday.

The percentage of precincts surveyed where voter wait times sometimes reached more than 30 minutes doubled between 2014 and 2018, to about 6%, according to a study of 3,119 polling places across the country conducted by the Bipartisan Policy Center, a D.C.-based think tank, and MIT.


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