US panel: No one should wait more than half hour to vote

January 23, 2014 - 7:29:24 am


WASHINGTON: A presidential commission yesterday said no American should have to wait more than 30 minutes to vote, unveiling proposed reforms to tackle long lines and clogged polling places on election day. The panel, commissioned by President Barack Obama after last year’s general election, called on states to adopt increased online registration and early voting to ease the aggravation many voters experienced last year. It also warned that many voting machines were now more than a decade old and were wearing out with no replacements on the horizon.

Chaotic scenes in some parts of the country are a staple of US elections, from the Florida recount in the 2000 presidential election to Democratic Party claims that some Republican state governments thwarted early voting last year to suppress Obama’s vote. AFP