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.READ MORE: Haiti's contributions to South Florida in full display at Haitian Heritage Month Art Exhibition
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.READ MORE: What we know about the victims of the Texas school shooting
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.MORE NEWS: Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday Starts This Weekend
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.