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Long queues and ID issues prevent many Americans from voting
All is well that ends well. This adage fits perfectly with the just concluded US elections, in which President Obama was elected for a second term in the White House. While country erupted in jubilations, nobody seemed to care about voters in various states, who couldn't vote either due to long queues or issues with election laws and voter ID cards.

AS PER various media reports, the US voters were confused and irritated with the erratic implementation of new voter ID laws. They also complained about the long lines and makeshift polling sites in storm-hit New York and New Jersey, which added to confusion in a bitterly contested presidential election.

As per the watchdogs in this presidential election, many people returned without casting their votes to either party. The reason: they were unable to show their identifications and were sent back without giving votes in the states like Pennsylvania where earlier ID was not required.

The confusion started when poll workers requested voter IDs even when it was clear that new voter ID law, which will make essential to present voter ID to cast vote unlike before, will not be applicable in these elections as there was no sufficient time to implement this.

Throughout the day, voters in Pennsylvania, which saw court battles over controversial voter ID requirements, reported getting conflicting messages over whether an identification was required to vote. A judge had ruled the new voter ID law could not be implemented in this election because there was not enough time to ensure all registered voters had proper identification.

"The commonwealth's effort to inform their citizens and election officials that their voter ID law was struck down was wholly inadequate," said Eric Marshall and Marcia Johnson-Blanco, as reported by the Reuters. These leaders of the Election Protection hotline received nearly 89,000 calls from people reporting problems they were facing in casting their votes.

"The state shirked its responsibility to properly educate voters and poll workers about the ID requirements which led to reports of voters incorrectly being required to show ID across the state," Marshall and Johnson-Blanco added as per reports.

As per Election Protection, on many voting areas in Pennsylvania people were misguided by the signs hanging around and telling and asking them to bring their ID cards based on the new ID law which was delayed by the courts in 2011.

Even in Ohio, complaints were coming where many people were forced to vote by provisional ballot as authorities could not find their records and details in voting rolls. This issue is not new in Ohio as in last elections also the same thing happened and this time also it is expected that around 200,000 people voted by provisional ballots and will not be getting counted until November 17.

People in the US after facing the most horrifying and disastrous hurricane "Sandy" eight days earlier, in many states were bound to face some long lines and long hours of of waiting to cast their votes due to mismanagement. Many people who had to face long queues in places like Florida, Virginia and Ohio, all key swing states, as well as New Jersey and New York, returned without voting.

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