With Election Day finally upon us, it’s still anyone’s guess
who will be elected President of the United States, just like many races down
the ballot are up for grabs. While there’s an uncertainty about who will be
elected into their respective offices, there’s one thing that is certain—lines
to get to the voting booths will be long.
“I (predict) long lines and a huge interest and we’re
extremely excited about it,” Madison County Clerk Debbie Ming Mendoza told the Record. “There is a lot of interest in this election; people
want their voices heard. I expect long lines, especially based on early voting
turnout. If that’s any indicator, they are going to be busy at the local
precincts (on Tuesday).”
St. Clair County Clerk Tom Holbrook expects the same in his
“We expect volume to be heavy; the primary was the largest
in five decades,” he told the Madison County Record “We’ve already had more
people vote early than those who voted for the municipal and school board
elections a couple of years ago. By the end of the day, we’ll have already had
30,000 people vote ahead out of 169,000.”
The long lines are an inevitability on Election Day, but
county clerks like Mendoza and Holbrook just ask that people be patient;
everyone will get a chance to vote.
“If (voters) are planning on voting at their local precinct,
I beg for their patience,” Mendoza said. “I believe everyone is going to
experience a wait; how long? Of course that’s impossible for me to say. Just be
prepared to wait in order to get to vote at the precinct level; bring something
One way to limit the wait time is to pick a less trafficked
time frame to go vote. Holbrook recommends going in the morning after the rush
to work around 9 a.m. or in the mid to late afternoon around 1:30 to 3:00.
After that, you’re likely to run into the “after work” crowd. Lunchtime is also
a highly popular time.
If you can’t make until after work, as long as you make it
to your precinct by 7 p.m., you’ll get an opportunity to vote.
“If you’re waiting in line to vote at 7:00, we’ll have an
election judge get behind the last person line,” Mendoza said. “Everyone will
get to vote that in line by 7:00. We will remain open until everyone that was
in line has an opportunity to vote.”
Polls for both Madison and St. Clair Counties will be open
from 6:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. You may find voting locations, sample ballots
and other information here
for Madison County and here for
St. Clair County.