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  •  Precinct size is a key factor (2+ / 0-)
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    MindRayge, Seneca Doane

    Not technically part of the voting system itself, but precinct size is a key factor.

    Clearly, many jurisdictions in Ohio and Florida, to name two states, have mammoth-sized precinct voting centers serving huge numbers of voters (I don't know the exact sizes)--thus the hours-long lines.

    Here in San Francisco, voting precincts average about 1000 voters. Voting is thus village-like; it's just a few blocks of your neighborhood, and likely staffed by some of your neighbors.

    If we're looking at a reform program, it would be useful to add this factor to the actual voting machinery itself.

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