Research: Most states improve election performance


JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A new report by a nonpartisan public policy group says Americans spent an average of three minutes less standing in line to vote in the 2012 presidential election than they did four years earlier. An exception was Florida, where the wait increased by 16 minutes.

The report by Pew Charitable Trusts, released Tuesday, says states generally did a better job of handling elections in 2012 than in 2008.

Thirteen states had online voting registration in 2012, up from two in 2008.

The report also says fewer non-voters in 2012 cited illness, disability or problems with registration or absentee ballots as reasons for not taking part in an election.

The South had the lowest rate of voter turnout and the highest rate of people who didn't vote because of disability.

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