90 minute wait at many Grand Rapids polling places

7:53 PM, Nov 6, 2012   |    comments
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GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Election Day 2012 is here and as expected, there is a big voter turnout at precincts across West Michigan.

City Clerk Lauri Parks is reporting long lines at most polling places in the city of Grand Rapids. As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, the average wait was 90 minutes.

"This is an important election and a very complicated ballot," stated Mayor George Heartwell. "I urge voters to be patient and to realize that they will likely have a wait no matter what time they get to the polls."

Polls close at 8 p.m. but voters will still be allowed to vote if they are waiting in line.

Voters can reduce time in the voting booth by going to the polls prepared. The Secretary of State website allows you to pull up a sample ballot. You can mark it at home and carry it with you into the voting booth."

Several people also called the WZZM 13 Information Center to report voting problems. Assistant U.S. Attorney Don Daniels is overseeing complaints of election fraud and voting rights abuses. If you know of or experience any discrimination, fraud, intimidation, or harassment in connection with voting in West Michigan or the Upper Peninsula, please contact (616) 456-2404.

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