Hispanic voters waited longer at the polls last November than any other ethnic group, a statewide study has concluded, with black voters also experiencing longer delays than white voters.
The study, by political scientists at Dartmouth and the University of Florida, found that precincts with a greater proportion of Hispanic voters closed later on Nov. 6 than precincts with predominantly white voters. In some cases, blacks also had longer waits than whites but shorter than Hispanics.
The study, by Michael Herron of Dartmouth and Daniel Smith of UF, will be submitted Friday in Miami to a bipartisan election reform commission created by President Barack Obama.
The 10-member commission, created by the president in May, will meet at a day-long session at the University of Miami to hear from Florida elections supervisors and the public about how the government can help avoid delays at the polls in the future. It will be the board’s first meeting outside Washington D.C., where it gathered for the first time last Friday.
The Presidential Commission on Election Administration has been tasked with identifying successful elections procedures and making recommendations for improvement to the president. It will not submit proposals to Congress, though some lawmakers, including Florida Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson, have said they would welcome them.