March 11, 2009

Hurdles to Voting Persisted in 2008

FOUR TO five million voters did not cast a ballot in the 2008 presidential election because they encountered registration problems or failed to receive absentee ballots, which is about the same number of voters who encountered such problems at the 2000 elections, according to an academic study to be presented to the Senate Rules Committee today.

An additional two to four million registered voters were "discouraged" from voting due to administrative hassles, like long lines and voter identification requirements.

The study, which draws from a survey of about 33,000 eligible voters, was conducted in October and November 2008 by the Cooperative Congressional Election Survey, a consortium of more than 150 university researchers, led by MIT, who specialize in voting issues.

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