Long Lines at the Polls in Rhode Island in 2012

Return to Election Data Dispatches.

In reviewing the November general election, Rhode Island’s House Committee on Oversight found a number of reasons for the long lines voters encountered at several polling places:

  • One polling place, which had reports of voters waiting two to three hours, was not set up according to the plan approved by the Board of Elections.
  • At another precinct, the wrong ballots were delivered, and the correct ones did not arrive until almost two hours after polls opened.
  • Having fewer technicians on call across the state to address Election Day problems than in 2008 led to waits when some machines needed repairs.
  • Longer ballots also played a role, with 48 percent of voters needing to complete multiple-page ballots, compared with just 20 percent in 2008.

National Homeownership Month

Article

37 Researchers Working to Transform Biomedical Science

Quick View
Article

Biomedical researchers are on the front lines of scientific innovation. From responding to global pandemics to pioneering lifesaving cancer treatments, these researchers push past scientific boundaries to solve pressing health challenges. For nearly 40 years, The Pew Charitable Trusts has supported more than 1,000 early-career biomedical scientists committed to this discovery.

Composite image of modern city network communication concept

Learn the Basics of Broadband from Our Limited Series

Sign up for our four-week email course on Broadband Basics

Quick View

How does broadband internet reach our homes, phones, and tablets? What kind of infrastructure connects us all together? What are the major barriers to broadband access for American communities?

Pills illustration
Pills illustration

What Is Antibiotic Resistance—and How Can We Fight It?

Sign up for our four-week email series The Race Against Resistance.

Quick View

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria, also known as “superbugs,” are a major threat to modern medicine. But how does resistance work, and what can we do to slow the spread? Read personal stories, expert accounts, and more for the answers to those questions in our four-week email series: Slowing Superbugs.