Last year, when you folks sent photos of long lines for voting, we wondered in here whether the lines -- and coverage of the lines -- would suppress turnout. Last week, we got evidence that some people who faced more trouble voting became that much more determined to vote. We also got a sense of how many voters gave up because of the lines: in Central Florida alone, about 49,000. From the Orlando Sentinel:
About 30,000 of those discouraged voters -- most of them in Orange and Osceola counties -- likely would have backed Democratic President Barack Obama, according to Theodore Allen, an associate professor of industrial engineering at OSU.
About 19,000 voters would have likely backed Republican Mitt Romney, Allen said.
To give you a sense of what it was like to be one of those people who couldn't make it through the wait, I want to show you the photos sent by the mother of voter in a different part of Florida, starting above and continuing after the jump. (Thank you all again for kickstarting and fueling this story. How to send us stuff.)
The viewer sent these from her daughter's attempt to use early voting in Miami. The daughter showed up at 6:30 in the morning. Four hours later, she had reached the inside of the West Dade Regional Library, with another two hours to go.
Because she had to go pick up her kid, she ended up having to walk away that morning. When members of Congress talk about fixing the lines this year, that's the kind of situation they mean, for her and for what now appears to be many thousands of people who wanted to vote.