As voters went to the polls on Tuesday, pre-election polls showed President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney in a virtual tie. Things were reportedly running smoothly in most cities but problems have been reported at some polling places. The number one complaint, long lines.
Kevin McNulty brought a folding chair for his 89-year-old mother Regina. "She's proud she voted for FDR, so she always votes" McNulty said. And she wasn't about to miss this election but huge crowds added to the confusion over precincts. Problems processing voters at Norup School in Oak Park early in the day led to major back-ups, the city clerk stepping in to speed things up.
FOX 2 spoke with one voter who complained about the wait saying, "We have no trouble waiting, but not because of incompetence." Also adding to the long lines in Oak Park, the city consolidated 19 precincts into ten leaving many waiting to cast their ballot at the Oak Park Community Center. The new city manager not happy with the situation he's inherited. They're handing out water and trying to keep people comfortable as they wait and wait but this isn't the only community with issues.
In Sterling Heights at Black Elementary school a two hour wait. Again a paperwork problem processing voters early in the day. Ruth Garavaglia telling FOX 2, "I said what's going on? They said, we're doing something different. I said, it's not working" she said.
And at Pellerin Community Center in Clinton Township, a ballot mix-up with precinct 4 and then precinct 28 ran out of ballots for about half an hour around 9 a.m. Savanah Johnson saying, "How do you not have ballots and that they're coming? I had to leave and come back and was still here for almost two hours.