Voters Hoping to Beat Long Lines, Wait in Long Lines on Last Day of Early Voting

By: Tim Ciesco Email
By: Tim Ciesco Email

Many who were hoping to beat the Election Day lines by voting early found themselves waiting in them as they cast their ballots on the last day of early voting.

With long lines predicted for Election Day, Mary Ann Deard decided it would be a good idea to swing by Mesa Mall and get that last minute early ballot in.

"I don't want the lines on Tuesday," said Deard.

Unfortunately for her, a lot of others had that same idea.

"We thought we'd beat the crowds on Tuesday, but it looks like it was still pretty crowded today," said early voter Kimberly Paruch.

After signing in, voters made their way out into the hall -- where they had some extra time to think about who and what they would vote for.

"I waited for forty-five minutes today," said Deard.

"We waited about forty minutes," said Paruch.

Elections officials say it's all part and partial of the voting process.

"This is typical of the last day of early voting, especially at Mesa Mall," said Mesa County Clerk & Recorder Janice Rich.

Rich says the long lines, and the fact that people are waiting them through, is a promising sign that Mesa County residents understand the importance of voting this year.

"In 2004, Mesa County saw a ninety-two percent turnout in that presidential election," said Rich. "We're really hoping we break that record."

As of Thursday night, 55 percent of Mesa County voters had either voted early or sent in a mail-in ballot. With more than 1,200 voters filing through the polls Friday, Rich says that turnout goal is looking more and more promising.

"By Election Day, we'll have already processed over sixty percent of our registered voters here in Mesa County," said Rich.

To help with the long lines on Election Day, elections officials are asking voters to come to the polls prepared. You can vote at any of polling location in the county.

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