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What Queuing Theory Says About Managing Polling Places Amid COVID-19   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Introduction: "This white paper focuses on one important aspect of managing the redesign of polling place procedures to accommodate the realities of voting amid the pandemic: managing the volume of traffic through a polling place. It discusses how queuing theory can be harnessed to provide guidance about questions such as these: [1] How many voting booths, check-in stations, and scanners do I need to handle anticipated turnout? [2] How long are the lines I should anticipate during the day? [3] If I have to limit the number of people in the room where voting occurs, how many people are likely to be waiting outside to vote?"

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Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project
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