Strong turnout frustrates some voters

LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – With important local and national races to consider voters across the state have lined up to cast ballots today.

At some polling sites today voters waited more than an hour in line to vote.

6 News crews even saw some people get discouraged and walk out because it was taking so long.

However, other voters tell 6 News they took a vacation day to ensure they had enough time to cast their ballot.

Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum says problems on Election Day are inevitable.

“As election officials we plan for everything and hope that we don’t have to utilize any of those plans,” says Byrum. “Unfortunately sometimes they do happen, especially with such old equipment.”

And while voters say it’s important to make their voices heard In some precincts, like one 6 News visited in Okemos, long lines and slow equipment made the process a burden for some voters.

“This was a lot more antiquated than I was expecting,” said voter Matt Ellison. “It deters people from voting if they see a line this long, I saw a couple people leave.”

Today voters had different experiences depending on their polling site.

Over at Lewton Elementary in Lansing it was in and out for many.

“They were very organized in there, we didn’t have to wait at all so I love how they have it set up,” said voter Luanne Beaudry.

Byrum says some changes to voting procedures would go a long way to erase the long waits at some precincts versus others.

She says incorporating polling centers across the state would make voting easier for everyone.

“You could go to any location, obtain your ballot vote your ballot and turn it in then and there,” said Byrum.

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