A report has found long voting lines discouraged nearly 50,000 residents in Florida from voting in the 2012 presidential election, according to the Huffington Post.
The report was conducted by Theodore Allen, an associate professor at The Ohio State University. According to Allen, only 20,000 of those votes would have gone to failed presidential hopeful Mitt Romney. Of the approximately 8.4 million votes cast, the President won Florida’s 29 electoral votes by a margin of more than 74,000 constituent votes.
The findings come after Florida Gov. Rick Scott reportedly denied there was anything wrong with the state’s polling system, and after reports of residents waiting up to nine hours in line to vote.