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DOTC: Put Voters Not Parties First

Dan of the Community: Plain and simple, too few polling places in large turnout elections (and Presidential elections are the grand daddy of them all) with too few poll workers equals long lines and discouraged voters. This is especially true since so many of the absentee polling sites that have been used for over a decade have been closed this year as well. Yes, in some cycles there are smaller turnouts and for some time periods during the day the poll workers (who barely make minimum wage for ONE day) may not have enough voters to keep them hopping all the time. But that just goes with the territory since the polls are open for 12 full hours and there are predictable peaks and lulls. And for smaller elections you can cut down on pollings site but you can’t add more at the last minute for large elections.

Question: Would Cliff Hayes have won election of multi-term incumbent Dan English had he run on a platform of cutting absentee voting at local City Halls & cutting precincts by almost half?




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