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Report: Senator Proposing National Standards To End Election Lines

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Voters in Broward lined up at the county’s approximately 450 polling places early Tuesday morning to cast their ballots on Election Day. (Source: CBS4)

Voters in Broward lined up at the county’s approximately 450 polling places early Tuesday morning to cast their ballots on Election Day. (Source: CBS4)

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Miami-Dade County voters suffered some of the longest wait times in the country on Election Day, but the remedy to the problem may come from California.

According to talkingpointsmemo.com, California Senator Barbara Boxer will introduce an election reform bill called the LINE Act which will help eliminate lengthy waits at polling precincts.

The LINE (Lines Interfere with National Elections) Act would require Attorney General Eric Holder to set national standards for minimum numbers of voting machines, poll workers, etc during federal elections, according to TPM.com.

The rules would be in place by January 1, 2014, ahead of the next mid-term Congressional elections. According to TPM.com, the goal is to keep voters from having to wait any longer than one hour to vote anywhere in the country.

Voters in Miami-Dade County spent hours in line before and on Election Day trying to cast a ballot in the 2012 presidential election. Problems started with early and absentee voting and continued through Election Day ballots when lines left some precincts open until 1 a.m. the next day.

Miami-Dade County is investigating ways to prevent another disaster in the next election and the state of Florida is also considering changes to help ease the problems voters faced this year.

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