Audit suggests solutions to Va. Beach’s long election lines

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — There were big problems with voting in the last presidential election in one city in Hampton Roads, and new this week are the changes that could come because of it.

If you lived in Virginia Beach, you may have stood in line for a very long time for the 2012 presidential election. In fact, some people had to wait five hours. That problem was included in an audit of the Voter Registrar’s Office, which was released Wednesday.

Among other things, the auditor’s report says that the ballot was longer than voters expected so it took them longer to fill out. Also, it says there were too few voting machines and too many machines that broke.

To fix the problems, the report suggests a program to inform voters of the ballot content before they go to vote and a program to encourage voters to vote via an absentee ballot before Election Day. It also suggests larger precincts be split up, and new voting machines be installed by next year.

The results of the audit will be provided to City Council.

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