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Effect of Voting-Machine Allocations on the 2004 Election -- Franklin County, Ohio Despite unprecedented registration and get-out-the vote efforts in Franklin County, with predicted record turnout, only 61% of the county's registered voters turned out in the 2004 general election. Coupled with a time-consuming complicated ballot and the same number of voting machines as in 2000, the system was unable to handle the load of approximately 25% increase in registration rolls and high voter interest in what was billed as the most important election of a lifetime. Indeed, the county did process an increase of 23% in total voters compared to 2000. Many would-be voters were deterred by long lines and hours-long waits, prompting one observer to cite: Ohio's new poll tax: if you can't afford to wait four hours in line, you don't vote. The shortage of voting machines was particularly acute in high-Democratic precincts. New registrations and GOTV efforts by 527 organizations were also largely concentrated in these shortchanged Democratic precincts. The lines thus created by the unequal machine allocation throttled the effect of registration and GOTV efforts of ACT, MoveOn and other 527 groups in Franklin County. This graph shows how there are more registered voters per machine in Kerry precincts (click on any graphic in this document to get a larger version): However, Democratic precincts are known to generally have a lower turnout (% of registered voters) than Republican precincts. Rather than basing machine allocations directly on the total registered voters, the Board of Election uses another figure called "active voters" which is the number of people in the precinct who have actively voted in the last two election cycles (8 years). Even by this measure though, it can be seen that Kerry precincts had more voters per machine. Page 1 of 8 Effect of Voting Machine Shortages in Franklin County, Ohio -- 2004 General Election 2/1/2006 http://copperas.com/machinery/
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E.g., 30% Kerry precincts had about 200 active voters per machine while 80% Kerry precincts had about 250, on the average. The following chart summarizes the situation: There was a 5-minute time limit on voting, and people averaged about 4.3 minutes according to some
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This note was uploaded on 09/29/2011 for the course MGT 3501 taught by Professor Chang during the Fall '10 term at Georgia Institute of Technology.

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