Waiting to Vote
Author(s)Ansolabehere, Stephen; Stewart III, Charles H
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We review evidence that long lines waiting to vote in the 2012 presidential election were costly and disproportionately appeared in certain regions of the country, in cities, and among minority voters. We argue that the field of queuing theory helps to frame thinking about polling place lines. Because addressing the problem of long lines requires precise data about polling place dynamics, we conclude by suggesting new approaches to research that are necessary to identify the most effective cure for long lines.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Political Science
Election Law Journal
Mary Ann Lieber
Stewart, Charles, and Stephen Ansolabehere. “Waiting to Vote.” Election Law Journal: Rules, Politics, and Policy 14.1 (2015): 47–53. © 2015 Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.
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