Conservative Commentator Blames Long Lines on Black Voter TurnoutPublished by Naessa Aziz on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 11:46 pm.
Whether or not their preferred candidate won the 2012 presidential election, something most voters will remember about the election aside from its outcome are the abysmally long lines many stood in for hours to cast their ballot.
The reason for the long wait times?
One conservative commentator pointed out the large mobilization of African-American voters as a possible cause.
“I think there was a tremendous turnout in African-Americans,” Ken Blackwell, the Republican former Ohio Secretary of State said in an election night appearance on MSNBC. “Did they have to stand in line? Yes. Why? Because there was a tremendous organizational effort to turnout the vote.”
Blackwell rejected claims that voting officials purposely ordered less voting equipment for majority Black districts to discourage voter turnout in those areas.