Fairfax wants answers for long Election Day lines

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Local,Virginia,Taylor Holland

The chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors wants to create a commission to investigate complaints about long lines at county polling stations during Tuesday's record-turnout election.

Sharon Bulova said a bipartisan commission should be appointed at the board's Nov. 20 meeting.

"I think it would be beneficial to examine what lessons we can learn from the 2012 election," Bulova said. "I [plan to] suggest the formation of a bipartisan commission to identify ways to reduce lines, decrease wait times and streamline our election process."

Voter turnout in Fairfax County on Tuesday was 80.5 percent, up from 78.7 percent in the 2008 presidential election. Voter complaints about waiting an hour or more in line to cast their ballots were comment, Bulova said.

The last vote in Fairfax County was cast at 10:30 p.m. at the Skyline precinct in Bailey's Crossroads, she said, which means voters in line by the 7 p.m. close of polls had to wait three and a half hours before finally casting their ballots.

tholland@washingtonexaminer.com

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