Volunteers say the line was out the door all morning at the Collegiate Presbyterian Church In Ames.
At left, Iowa State University student Mary Jacobs waits in line.
The Union Drive Community Center polling location has run out of registration forms for same-day registrants.
As of 3 p.m., 286 votes had been cast at the UDCC. Joyce Carney, chairperson for the polling location said that more than half of the voters have registered today.
Carney said that she has heard of similar problems at the Collegiate Presbyterian Church on Sheldon Ave., but hasn't heard from any other locations on campus. problem has been reported to the Story County Auditors office and more forms are on the way from the courthouse in Nevada, Carney said.
The University Drive Community Center ran out of registration forms today and workers had to call Story County to have more delivered. The shortage did not cause a delay in voting, however. But the line to cast a vote was long: out the door, in fact, at mid-afternoon.
Asked for a prediction about the election’s outcome, one waiting student said, “I know who is going to win." Clearly it would be President Obama, she said. The other students in the group seemed to agree.
, Long lines continue into the afternoon at the Union Drive Community Center polling place on campus. One problem is that many voters don't find out until they get to the end of the line that they have gone to the wrong location.
There's a fairly long line at the Union Drive Community Center at mid-day. Nearly 100 students had voted so far, according to an election official. Several students are registering here, but most are already registered. Lots of people are asking questions. There is a bit of confusion. Several people came to the wrong location.
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A worker at the community center at Frederiksen Court said early today that the turnout of voters was the biggest she had ever seen. The line started at the south end of the building and reached to the far north side. In all, it took voters about an hour from start to finish. By 11:00 a.m. the line was about half the size.
Linda Fauquet, who said she considers herself a fairly active voter, was waiting in line at mid-morning. She said she thinks it's important for students to be active voters.
A volunteer poll worker said she had been at the site since 6:00 a.m. setting up for election day, and won't be done until after 10 p.m. when they take the ballots to the courthouse.
The lines weren't too long at the Union Drive Community Center this morning. People seemed to be waiting less than 10 minutes, even if they needed to register and vote.
First-time voter John Lupkes, 18, a freshman from Latimer, Iowa, is an Agricultural & Food Sciences major. He said he wanted to wait until election day to vote. In close elections, such as the Bush-Gore race, he said, individual voices can make a difference. He said he decided to vote for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, in part because of their stance on abortion.
"The issue that mattered to me was if I keep education up, and then also dealing with Roe v. Wade. I'm a Christian son of a farmer and what it is, is that I see life at conception not at any point in between that, so it pretty much makes sense for me."
Students trickled in to vote at Maple Hall, the polling place for Richardson Court on campus. Helpful workers walked them through registration. Students are allowed to prove residency by pulling up housing contracts on their smartphones.
Voting can be tricky for college students who live near campus. In the polling place at the Memorial Lutheran Church on Lincoln Way, right across the street from the university's Memorial Union, some students had trouble proving residency in order to register to vote. It is possible to register and vote on the same day.
The church is in a neighborhood that includes fraternities, sororities and student apartments. One student said that on the third try he was finally was able to provide acceptable proof of where he lived by printing his student information. Billing statements, leases and the like with a name and address seemed to work for other people.
A few students were turned away because their residence placed them in a different precinct, and thus a different voting location. They were given information on where to go instead.