This might not surprise anyone who’s been stuck in line at a polling place today, but D.C. is set to surpass the vote total from the 2008 election, according to the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics.
“We have many more voters than we had in 2008,” says DCBOEE spokeswoman Agnes Moss. While the DCBOEE doesn’t have figures available for how many people have voted so far, Moss says anecdotal data and early-voting turnout suggests that the District’s total this year will beat 2008’s 266,871 cast ballots.
Moss blames the high turnout for delays at polls, but insists that the number of voting machines has either stayed the same or increased.
Another factor in today’s delays: polling stations with just one electronic voting machine. Moss blames that short supply on 2008 data, which suggested few people wanted to vote electronically.
“We definitely put one machine in each precinct,” Moss says.
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