Complaints about long lines marred the November election for some. So at the State of the Union, President Obama announced a new bipartisan commission to try and make voting easier.
He cited the case of a Florida voter, 102-year-old Desiline Victor, whom Obama said waited in line for hours.
"They can't wait for five or six or seven hours just to cast their ballot," the president declared. "We are betraying our ideals."
But while Florida was considered the worst state for waiting times, with one study estimating that 200,000 people gave up because of the wait, another study questions if there really was an intractable problem across the nation.