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2008 Primary in Review

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Publication Date: July 2008

Publisher(s): Pew Center on the States

Topic: Politics (Elections and voting)

Keywords: elections; voting

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


2008 Primary in Review found that the dramatically increased number of voters taxed the election system more than any administrative problem. Millions of voters--many of them first timers--crowded polling places around the country, doubling recent turnout in some states. The "big three issues of election reform"--voting machines, voter registration databases and voter ID--did not drive the headlines during primary season. Rather, the report found, long lines at polling places, ballot shortages, machine demands and other problems combined to produce a system overwhelmed by voter crowds.