Voters react to long lines

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The scene at a Voting Center

Hundreds of voters wait in line to cast ballots Tuesday afternoon at the Steamboat Pilot and Today, one of eight voting centers in Routt County. Some voters waited as long as four hours. The last ballot at the Pilot and Today was cast at 11 p.m.

Hundreds of voters wait in line to cast ballots Tuesday afternoon at the Steamboat Pilot and Today, one of eight voting centers in Routt County. Some voters waited as long as four hours. The last ballot at the Pilot and Today was cast at 11 p.m.

— Following are comments of residents who waited in line for hours to vote Tuesday:

Carolyn Klingener: "I heard if you drive to Clark it's only a couple of minutes wait, and I'm thinking that might have been the better option. It needs to be admitted that eight polling stations isn't enough for a town of nearly 10,000 people. There simply aren't enough machines for a town of Steamboat's size.

"There are issues I feel I need to vote for. That's why I've waited over two hours to vote."

Christine Lee: "Surely there will be bugs in any new system. I came to vote because I'm a good American. There are issues on the ballot that I'm very concerned about, and it doesn't matter how long the wait is. I'm glad I waited and chose to vote in the evening. I heard earlier the wait was almost three hours long."

Scott Cowman: "The electronic voting system is slower process, but I'm hoping the long line is also because more voters decided to come out. Someday I'm hoping we could do this over the internet somehow."

Grant Gardner, 17, one of eight high school election judges (also a judge for the preliminaries in August): "I wanted to be an election judge because it looks good on an application, but I'm also a big fan of the democratic process. Even though I've been here for 14 hours, it's still worth it to see the way the process works and the great turnout.

"We (high school election judges) got recruited because we're good with electronics. It's also a way to introduce us to the democratic process."

Comments

andyechtermeyer 8 years, 1 month ago

2.5 hours to vote this year and 10 minutes last election.

Didn't anyone do the math?

With 1/2 as many polling places and 1/2 as many booths at those polling places what did you think would happen? I'm sure it also took some people twice as long to vote with the new machines.

Somebody did not do their homework.

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