On the news that President Obama will likely use his upcoming State of the Union address to again push for better voting conditions, the New York Times today runs the graph above about how long people are waiting, and who waits more. If you're not white, if you're a Democrat and if you live in a city, you're likely to face a longer wait. The more money you make, the less you stand to wait.
With the exception of Maryland and the District of Columbia, the states with the longest waits are under Republican control (adding: Montana has a Democratic governor). In one of those states, Virginia, Republicans in the Senate have put a new bill to limit wait times to an hour on indefinite hold.
To the extent that our problems with voting are pragmatic and not partisan, it's worth noting that early voting comes with longer wait times. Some of that is plainly partisan, in that Republicans in Florida cut the time for early voting (and Republicans in Ohio tried). To the extent that we, as a nation, can consider this a practical problem, we've got a growing number of practical solutions to consider -- including upgrades to voter registration, offering enough places and machines for voting, and setting a national standard for early voting.
(Image: New York Times)