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Voters shouldn’t have to stand in line for hours, but during last night’s Democratic primaries in Texas and California, that nightmare played out in earnest.
Why it matters: Long wait times put a special hardship on low-income voters who are less likely to have flexible work hours, around-the-clock transportation and child care, Axios' Ursula Perano reports.
In California, machine jams slowed the rolls, delaying lines up to two hours, per the Los Angeles Times.
In Texas, citizens reportedly left precincts due to long lines that took up to six hours, CNN reports.
Between the lines: States with a history of voter discrimination used to have to get Justice Department approval to change how they ran elections. That changed in 2013, when the Supreme Court struck down the provision enforcing that.
The bottom line: America’s democracy has always featured some form of unequal access to the ballot box, but last night was a particularly stark warning about what might be ahead in November.
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends the official memorial event for the victims of the recent shooting rampage that killed 11 people, including the shooter, in Hanau, Germany.
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