Blacks, Hispanics Waited Almost Twice As Long To Vote As Whites In 2012

Written by Nicole Flatow

During the November 2012 election, Black and Hispanic voters waited nearly twice as long to vote as whites, according to a Massachusetts Institute of Technology analysis. New York Times graphs summarizing the analysis show that white voters waited an average of 12.7 minutes, while Black and Hispanic voters waited an average of 20.2 minutes:



Long lines in several swing states were a major concern during this election, and the longest lines were in Florida, where another recent study estimated that at least 201,000 people may have been deterred from voting by lines that were hours long. This was in no small part due to Gov. Rick Scott’s (R) elimination of 6 early voting days in the state and other voter suppression initiatives that several top Republicans later admitted were intended to keep Democrats from the polls. Both the MIT analysis and a New York Times/CBS poll showed that Democrats had longer average wait times than Republicans. In the wake of the election, 14 states are considering proposals to expand early voting, including Florida, where Gov. Scott is now publicly supporting a restoration of the early voting days he cut.

A report released by the Brennan Center for Justice Monday proposes congressional action to modernize the voting system through voluntary automated registration that moves with the voter from state to state, federal investment in voter registration reform, as well as online voter registration options and same-day registration options. Democrats expect President Obama to address voter modernization reform during his State of the Union next week.

This post was originally published by ThinkProgress.


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Sarah Hill
Sarah Hill4 years ago

The time you waited has NOTHING to do with race. It was because of the timing you went to vote. My hubby and I went during the day so we waited a short time. Our son and his wife went after work, they had to wait longer. I wish everyone would STOP making race an issue for everything.

rene davis
irene davis4 years ago


Jude Hand
Judith Hand4 years ago

I accept all facts about the "hanging chad State" (my oft-used term), having been here and experienced it's culture for almost 25 years. Yes, Gov. Scott was working to disenfranchise some voters early on and had no concern for days not extended. As for race issues, it's a trip! It's been suggested that he's changed his tune because he wants to be reelected. I don't disagree. Frankly, I'm surprised that he has the gall to run again.

Carlene V.
Carlene V4 years ago

@ Rose L - As I'm still getting stars for my comment to you I thought I'd see if you replied to me and you did. I am also allowed my opinion of what you said and it will stand. Your post smacked of racism and a further post trying to defend youself smacked of ignorance, sorry.

As for where I live, not your business Rose. As for where I went to school, what my degree is in, again, none of your business. I see you got a degree in history, that is almost funny. Forget to mention your other degree, possibly a Masters? In what Rose? Ignorance?
FYI - I won't be checking back for any reply from you, not worth my time.

Dennis Warren

patricia g., people will stop making "race" an issue when rethugs like you stop making it an issue. If all you watch is fox, you think the Black Panthers were stopping whites from voting, while the truth is the rethugs/teahadists made very concerted efforts to prevent people of color from voting. Maybe you, tavis h., and the other trolls who infect Care2 should spend a little time in the reality based community before posting your inane comments.

Berny p.
Berny p4 years ago

Wild claims and unsubstantiated allegations do not constitute voter fraud.

Don H.
Don H4 years ago

Tavis H, you call me ignorant? I have warped view because I value honesty?

Your sources are not reputable! There is no widespread voter fraud.

I asked you to give some evidence and you can't. All you can give us is a bunch of trumped up allegations from a right wing propaganda source.

Robert H.
Robert Hamm4 years ago

Because Billie people stayed in line no matter what to get their vote counted. The ploys simply didn't work for the right,

Mary B.
Mary B4 years ago

Billie C.....President Obama is back in the White House because the democrats watched as the GOP went into self destruct mode with some of the "fruit loops" who were running for office...They (D) saw what was happening and got the vote out........Mr.Romney was his own worst enemy and thought maybe he was just a bit too big for his britches......that's how a Canadian sees it anyway :-)

Billie C.
Billie C4 years ago

if it's so rigged why is obama back in the white house?