LYNDHURST, Ohio — On the east side of Cuyahoga County, people waited in long lines in Lyndhurst to cast their ballots. But the long lines were hit or miss during our visits to polling places today.
Voter Michael Murray told us he waited about 45 minutes just to get to about 2/3 of the way through the line in Lyndhurst. Didn’t seem to bother him, though. “Both sides (of politics), I mean it’s really critical,” he said.
Some lines News 5 crews encountered today were anywhere from 45-70 minutes long, or longer, as in the case of Broadview Heights.
Voter Joe Kennedy didn’t mind that either. “Come out and vote. It’s important to my family, my daughter,” said Kennedy.
Massive lines were nowhere to be seen at several Painesville locations we visited.
“Voters are enthusiastic. They’re happy to be able to come out and vote,” said Director of Elections in Lake County Ross McDonald. “We have not had any major complaints in terms of wait times."
Voters there in Painesville told us even if there were big-time lines, they wouldn’t miss out on the chance to vote. “I think this is one of the biggest elections ever as far as change is going,” said Ted Reinbrecht.
From Lake County to Cuyahoga County, that sentiment was clear.
“Why are you out here today?” we asked Lyndhurst voter Eric Dancy.
“It’s our God-given right to do so. So, I’m going to take advantage of it,” said Dancy.
“Hey, it’s the presidential election, and we have the right to vote for who we want to, and that’s exactly what we did today,” said Channez Dancy who was standing beside Eric.
Meanwhile, Murray was keeping his social distance and telling everyone, despite the longer wait times, your voice should be heard. “The more people go out and vote the better…for everybody,” Murray said.
The lines will probably get longer as people get out of work today. So, get out soon. Poll workers told us as long as you are in line by 7:30 pm, you will be able to vote.