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Smooth Sailing on Election Day for Woodbury

How was your experience at the polls? Tell us in the comments section.

Long lines? Yes, at times, but according to election judges and voters, queues were moving quickly and Election Day in Woodbury was going smoothly. 

Redistricting meant that some Woodbury residents had to vote at different places this year, but City Hall (Precinct 2), had not changed from the last election, co-head election judge David Schumacher said, so he didn’t have to redirect voters to other polling sites.

His main concern: to best serve the nearly 3,000 voters expected walk through the doors, and by the looks of the lines, he had already seen a good chunk of them by Tuesday afternoon.

“It’s been busy, it’s been steady. We’ve had about 60-70 people in line at all times,” Schumacher said.

       Related: What's Happening in Woodbury on Election Day? 

By 11:30 a.m., well over 1,200 ballots had been cast at St. John Lutheran Church, said Ted Harasyn, head election judge of Precinct 9A.

“We had people waiting at 6:30,” Harasyn said. “We had lines larger for same-day registration than for registered voters.”

Voter Cole Backstrom, who recently moved to Woodbury, took full advantage of the same-day registration service and admitted that it went much better than he thought it would.

“This is a pretty big election, and I knew a lot of voters were going to turn out, so to not be wrapped up here for an hour or two was nice,” said Backstrom. “I’m looking forward to voting here next time.” 

       

Polls close at 8 p.m. Voters who are in line at 8 p.m. will be able to cast their ballots.

How was your experience at the polls? Tell us in the comments section.

 

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Kris Janisch November 06, 2012 at 08:58 PM
Via the Star Tribune: By 10 a.m., almost 25 percent of the 2,500 registered voters had cast their ballots at Woodbury Lutheran Church. http://www.startribune.com/politics/statelocal/177461791.html?refer=y
Kris Janisch November 06, 2012 at 09:27 PM
Things also went well at Five Oaks at St. Ambrose, people said on our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/WoodburyPatch
Alex November 06, 2012 at 09:38 PM
Shortly before 8AM this morning I could not even turn down School Drive to get to Woodbury Middle School. I assume that parents were also dropping off their kids, causing a major traffic headache. My wife went around 8:20AM, and by then it was smooth sailing, she was in and out in about 15 minutes.
Kris Janisch November 06, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Yeah, that's got to be tough for the schools that double as polling places. I know Bailey Elementary sent out a notice today. I posted it here: http://patch.com/A-zsYX
Kris Janisch November 06, 2012 at 09:46 PM
Mayor Stephens, via Twitter: Voted at City Hall. No lines, but it was very busy all morning.
Kris Janisch November 06, 2012 at 09:47 PM
A few minutes ago on Facebook: #1365 @Woodbury Middle School.
Mhair November 06, 2012 at 10:06 PM
Tried to vote at Valley Crossing at 3:15 p.m....the line simply to park my car was 30 minutes and counting and the cars were lined onto Woodbury Drive. I had to turn around, not knowing if I'd get stuck in the lot unable to turn around an hour into it with hungry kids in the car. Last time I voted at the golf course across Woodbury Drive and it was a 10 minute, in and out experience. I'll go back later, hopefully, but I don't think schools are the most conducive place for polling.
Kris Janisch November 06, 2012 at 10:09 PM
That's too bad Mhair. Hopefully it will clear up later.
Kris Janisch November 07, 2012 at 12:04 AM
From Rich on our Facebook page: Woodbury HS was fast/no wait at noon.

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