Why Does Voting Take So Long? Math and Racism.

There’s been a lot of attention paid to the amount of time it takes to vote in this 2020 Election recently. Turns out the main reasons are math and racism. WIRED can explain more.

Read the WIRED article linked above. Answer the following questions in a few sentences each.

  1. There are a number of variables (reasons) that can explain why some polling places have a long wait time. List some of them here, and give an explanation for one of them.
  2. There are a few variables (reasons) that researchers surprisingly discovered did NOT have any effect on the wait time or not. List them here, and for one of the reasons explain why it might be a surprising discovery.
  3. How could a better understanding of societal racism lead to decreased wait times in some voting locations?
  4. Visit THIS LINK (this was created by the mathematician mentioned in the WIRED article to help visualize wait times at polling locations). This year, Mr. Bezaire waited for exactly 1 hour to vote, between 2 and 3 pm in the afternoon. Play with the variables on this graph to come up with any scenario that makes this wait time possible. Explain the variables required to make this happen.

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