The University Baptist Church near the Wallace and Wilson dorms is busy with students and people getting off work. Poll workers said voters have come in waves. Two lines -- one for registered voters and one for unregistered voters-- snake around the church.
Stephanie Tigges said she had been waiting for over an hour and a half. "I'm going to be prideful to know that I voted." Originally from Des Moines, she voted in Ames, where she now lives and is a student at Iowa State. --Tad Mast
Photo by Ashley Patton
The line at the Union Drive Community Center isn't getting any shorter, but the voting process seems to be running smoothly--if slowly. Most students coming in now have already registered, as there is no line to register to vote.
Problems with insufficient registration forms experienced earlier in the day have been solved; there are plenty of forms available for students to register to vote.
Several students were not aware they needed proof of residence, and had to leave the polling location to get the proof.
Students continued to struggle with the technicalities of voting late into the afternoon. At the University Drive Community Center, which ran out of registration forms for a time, students faced a range of problems.
One was able to use her smartphone to pull up her residency contract with Iowa State to prove her residence. Another wasn’t sure what the address of his dorm was. Another filled out the form wrong. Several couldn’t find writing implements.
But some talked about the election. Amanda Datema, a junior, noted the huge turnout at Union Drive. “It is worth the wait,” said Datema. “This is a big deal to a lot of young people on campus and it’s a basic right that everyone needs to exercise. I’m glad to see so many people out here.”
Said another: “I don’t know anything about the other candidates.I’m voting for the President and leaving the rest blank.”
Students line up down a hallway to wait for registration forms to arrive.
At 3:40 p.m. a representative from the Story County Auditor's Office brought three new pads of voter registration forms to the University Drive Community Center polling place, after running out of forms around 3 p.m.
Maggie Loomis (at left in red), a senior in animal ecology, had waited since 3:05 p.m. for a registration form to arrive so that she could cast her ballot. Being the first election she could vote in, Loomis made a conscious decision to vote in Iowa rather than her home state of Minnesota.
"I think Iowa needs my vote more than Minnesota," Loomis said. "I was going to vote in Minnesota, but I went to see Romney in Ames last Friday and he made me realize how critical my vote is here."
By the time the new forms arrived, a line of about 10 people waiting to register had formed at the location. Others vowed to return to the polls later, when more forms were available.