Minorities waited twice as long to vote as whites. GOP unsure that's a problem.
Posted in the Minneapolis Forum
Saint Paul, MN
#1 Feb 6, 2013
You'd think after two hundred years (including some awkward Constitution-patching, here and there) we would finally have this "voting" thing down. Nope:
A Massachusetts Institute of Technology analysis determined that blacks and Hispanics waited nearly twice as long in line to vote on average than whites. Florida had the nationís longest lines, at 45 minutes, followed by the District of Columbia, Maryland, South Carolina and Virginia, according to Charles Stewart III, the political science professor who conducted the analysis.
So, is that a problem? Obama, to his credit, has actually opined that it is, and opined further that we need to do something about it. Republicans, however, don't want to be all hasty about these things. Let's not (literally) make a federal case about this, right?
[G]etting anything passed without Republican support will be impossible, Democrats acknowledge. And so far, conservatives have complained that Democrats are politicizing an issue that should be handled by the states, not the federal government.
ďItís ridiculous to stand in line a couple of hours to vote,Ē said Senator Charles E. Grassley of Iowa, the senior Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee.ďBut I think itís also ridiculous to make a political issue out of it when itís very easily handled.Ē
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