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Report: Shorter voting lines are possible

Report: Shorter voting lines are possible
Report: Shorter voting lines are possible
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The bipartisan Presidential Commission on Election Administration released its report on Wednesday, with suggestions on how to shorten lines and make the voting process more efficient.

Among the key suggestions in the report are the expansion of early voting days, online registration, and more polling places, including schools. It also called for shorter, less complicated ballots in presidential election years, if possible.

During the 2012 elections, Florida voters paid the price for policies that limited access to the polls with long lines; more than 7 hours in some areas.

Republican Gov. Rick Scott also signed a law that cut early voting in half, in addition to new strict voter ID laws. Additionally, dozens of polling places were moved to remote location and some residents faced a 40 mile round-trip drive in order to vote.

Similar problems were experienced in Ohio, Texas, and Virginia, according to the Huffington Post.

Congress will have to approve the changes recommended in the report, which is not likely with the current level of gridlock.

Read the Presidential Commission on Election Administration report here.