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Voting Lines Stretch To Eight Hours

The Huffington Post   |  Rachel Weiner
First Posted: 11- 3-08 09:41 AM   |   Updated: 12- 4-08 05:12 AM

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Early voting has reached record numbers this year. Including absentee ballots, 27 million people have already voted. That's in spite of lines that stretch on for hours.

"Six hours is ridiculous in terms of waiting in line," one Ohio voter told CNN. "I still haven't had an opportunity to vote," said a Florida reader after waiting in line for three hours. "It seems crazy."


Related: Could Virginia Become The Next Florida?

Rachel Maddow discussed the long lines -- eight to ten hours in some places -- on MSNBC last night. While she admitted that images of people waiting hours to vote was inspiring, she reminded viewers that not everyone has the time to do it. Long lines, she argued, are a new kind of poll tax. Watch:

North Carolina has extended early voting hours, and so did Florida. Read more about voting and voting problems. Tell HuffPost about your experience at the polls here.

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