- 7:20-7:30: One of the computers went down. They didn't know why, but they got it working. There were still no voters.
- 7:30 - 7:40: Still no voters.
- 7:40 - 7:50: Five voters, one female, four male. One was told he was in the wrong polling area. The woman's ballot was rejected by the machine, which said only "not accepted."
- They finally got it to work, but they're not sure why it didn't work the first time.
- 7:50 - 8:00: The poll workers reviewed the set-up check list. One male voter came in. The workers said they don't expect many people to show up until 2.
At the polling place at Maple Hall, workers said they expected a slow morning. So far, they’re right.
The polling place at the Collegiate Presbyterian Church, just west of campus, had a pack of voters go through its voting booths by 7:30 a.m. The location uses computers to check in registered voters, a new technology this year. Voters of all ages stand in line waiting to get their ballots from election officials. An election official informs each voter that there are two sides of the ballot. (The judicial retention candidates are on the back.)
As voters feed their ballots into the ballot box, another official offers "I voted" stickers before voters head off on their days.
The Union Drive Community Center (UDCC) was quiet this morning as election officials began to set up one of Iowa State University's many voting locations for today's election. Red "VOTING LOCATION" posters direct voters down the hall to a large conference room on the building's lower level. Sidewalks outside the building encourage students to vote with friendly notes: "Hey babe, Go vote today." Another area of the sidewalk informs students about what dorms can vote at the UDCC.
The first voter came in right as polls opened at 7 a.m. In the first 10 minutes, other students have joined the masses that will be headed out the polls today. For more information about where to vote as a resident on Iowa State's campus, click here. Other Ames residents can find their polling location by clicking here.
Polls open at 7 a.m. and will be open until 9 p.m. If you live in Iowa State dormitories or university housing, a polling place is nearby. Click here to find yours.
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