Are Waiting Times at Polling Booths Racist?


November 4, 2014 by JImbo

You may have seen this “shocking” chart out there.

I’ve seen this meme over and over and over lately.

Is there any truth to it?

An article in the Atlantic from last year sorta covers it.

They get the major reason. Basically that cities have more people, hence more people per polling booth, and therefore longer lines.

The same would be true of a grocery store yet we wouldn’t say a grocery store in the inner city is “racist” if it has long lines would we?

The key thing missing here is the causation. We have the situation. We know there are more people and fewer election workers.


And that’s where this comes in:

Election workers are VOLUNTEERS. They aren’t employees. So, people have to take their own time to work the polls. If you do simple math you can see that the inner city populations are going to volunteer less.

Going down the list…who volunteers LESS?

Unemployed, Less Educated, Single, Young, Non-White people.

Isn’t that most inner cities?

It’s not rocket science.

It’s not racism.

It’s simple facts.

Why do rural/suburban areas have volunteer fire departments? (lots of people volunteer their own time to fight fires)

Why do rural/suburban areas have better school results? (Parents and community volunteers)

Why do most of your soldiers come from rural/suburban areas, even though more population is in cities?

They’re all connected.


One thought on “Are Waiting Times at Polling Booths Racist?

  1. Pat Russell says:

    Pretty sure a report like this will never see air time nationally.


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