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Va., Md. Reps Sponsor Forum on Voting Problems


WOODBRIDGE, Va.- Virginia's new role as a presidential battleground means the state must do better to ensure voters can cast ballots without enduring four-hour waits.

That was 1 of the messages to emerge Monday at a congressional forum in Woodbridge focused on the problems voters experienced in November's presidential election.

U.S. Reps. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., and Elijah Cummings, D-Md., heard stories from voters who endured lines of more than three hours at polling places across northern Virginia.

Elections officials attributed the delays to multiple factors, including a lengthy ballot, lack of money for new voting machines and heavy turnout fueled by Virginia's battleground status.

Connolly is sponsoring an election-reform bill in Congress designed to encourage states to adopt early voting, same-day registration and provide states with funds to buy election equipment.


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