November 4, 2020

New Vote Times Website Was a Good Effort

New Vote Times Website Was a Good Effort

A new website gave Marion County voters a look at voting wait times when casting ballots this election. 

Voters faced hours-long lines at the handful of sites available for early voting. But on Election Day, with 187 polling sites open, wait times were shorter.  

Common Cause Indiana, Vote Safe Indiana and Indiana Tech for Progress worked with local firm Lessonly to develop the software that volunteers used to measure wait times at polling sites.

Common Cause Policy Director Julia Vaughn says the website was helpful for many voters, but more volunteers were needed.

“It’s unfortunate that we were not able to get enough volunteers to get coverage at all 187 vote centers, but it sure is helpful when voters go to the website and volunteer their own experience so that helps get a more comprehensive set of data, says Vaughn.”

Vaughn says the new website was a good effort this year, and she hopes it will become more efficient with future elections.

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