WASHINGTON — The long lines at the polls on Election Day were the result of a “perfect storm” of problems, according to the chair of Prince William County’s election task force.
Jim Young told the Board of Supervisors this week that the task force found “no ill will or grand conspiracies in the problems arising at the polls.”
Although polls closed at 7 p.m. in November, the last voter in Prince William County did not sign-in until 10:45 p.m. That means the wait was at least three hours and 45 minutes. Of the 77 precincts in the county, only 35 signed-in their last voter at or before 7:30 p.m.
Two of the four largest precincts in the county, Alvey and River Oaks, closed after 9:30 p.m. Each has more than 5,000 registered voters.
The final check-in time is the only hard data the task force could evaluate because wait times are not tracked throughout the day.
Using that information and public testimony, the task force found that high voter turnout, obsolete voting equipment, lots of voters with new addresses, large precincts and problems checking-in contributed to the long lines.
On the plus side, the task force says that electronic sign-in books prevented things from getting even worse. Among the task force’s recommendations:
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