MIT study: With 45 minute average wait, Florida had nation’s longest lines to vote

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The panoramic photograph I captured of the too-long line to vote at my wife’s precinct is my own anecdotal evidence confirming the results of a MIT study showing that had the nation’s longest lines to vote. The average wait time was 45 minutes, according to Charles Stewart III, the political science professor who conducted the analysis. 

Stewart also found that blacks and Hispanics waited nearly twice as long in line to vote on average than whites.

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