What you can do to beat the lines and avoid the wait at early voting sites


CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46) — From the outside, the Independence Library polling place seems pretty empty but simply step inside, as many voters found out, there was about a 40 minute to 60 minute wait.

“The line was wrapped around the building on Monday. When I came on Monday, it was too long for my ride to wait. So we decided to find another ride. My neighbor decided to bring me up today because that’s what she was doing,” Sharron Ferguson said.

“The people here are doing a great job. There’s a shocking lack of voting machines. This is a regional library, there’s a big density in this area. It should have twice the number of voting machines,” Sandy Weaver said.

The Mecklenburg County Board of Elections agrees but they are somewhat limited by the available space in certain voting locations.

“The problem is that the law likes us to use public facilities. So hence why we are in the libraries and we had a really difficult time trying to find private facilities because no one wants to rent for 17 days,” Kristin Mavromatis said.

The Board of Elections telling FOX 46 Charlotte, the 22 early voting sites on average are processing about a thousand voters a day.

“We actually have 5 or 6 sites with 20 or more machines in it, so those are the best sites to go to,” Mavromatis said.

With some voters voicing frustration that machines are changing who they vote for, they are taking more time in the booth to double and triple check their ballots.

“If you look at the ballot, it is very large and it’s time consuming and people have to realize that they have to go through it and really look at it,” Latonya Gidney.

Mecklenburg County Board of Elections stressed that if you are planning on voting early, to give them a call (704-336-2133) before you head out to see what the wait time might at the location you are heading to.

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