Some U.S. states have placed laws to make it difficult to vote instead of reforming ballot problems. The study looked into 10 states with reported ballot difficulties.
The study cited proposed laws in Arizona and Georgia, that call for a government-issued photo identification card and proof of citizenship before voting.
Tova Wang of The Century Foundation think tank said that although both state laws were denied by judges, "the damage has already been done." The proposals confused voters and delayed voter registration drives.
The lack of definite electronic voting policies and machines were also mentioned saying that it could lead to longer voting lines in the upcoming midterm contest.
"There were long lines because there were inequitably distributed voting machines," Wang said.
Florida and Washington, for example, have no formula for determining the number of voting machines in each precinct, the study said.
After the 2004 incident in Ohio, a law was approved providing one machine for every 175 registered voters although it will not be enacted until 2013.
The study concluded that, "none have come close to addressing in full the major problems that plagued the system during the last federal election."
The states included in the survey were Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington and Wisconsin.
Isn't it great to be in the "beacon of democracy"? If we continue down this road then we might as well rip up the Constitution and start over.