Much has been written, including by me, about the innumerable ways the Republicans tried to suppress the vote this year by making it more difficult for people to cast a ballot. One of the ways they do that is by trying to make the lines longer so more people have to leave before getting a chance to vote, and a new study in Florida shows that it worked:
According to an analysis by Theodore Allen, an associate professor of industrial engineering at Ohio State University, as many as 49,000 individuals in Central Florida did not vote because of the problems at the polls.
About 19,000 of those people would have backed former GOP nominee Mitt Romney, while the rest would have gone for President Barack Obama, according to Allen.The Orlando Sentinel, which published the results of Allen’s research, notes that those findings suggest “that Obama’s margin over Romney in Florida could have been roughly 11,000 votes higher than it was, based just on Central Florida results. Obama carried the state by 74,309 votes out of more than 8.4 million cast.”
This is what happens when you cut the number of days for early voting in half. And don’t have enough voting machines. And have vote challengers at the polls to cause problems and gum up the works. And all of this is quite intentional.