POLLING PLACES: Record Turnout And Problems
The Polk County Auditor’s Office predicts a record turn-out in Polk County, expected to surpass the 215,000 ballots cast in 2008.There were some “isolated incidents” at polling places throughout the metro according to election officials.At Precinct 35 in Des Moines, a voter was denied a ballot because they didn't have identification.The issue was resolved, and the voter was allowed to cast a ballot.Confusion over new polling locations also created headaches for some voters. That confusion is due to new district lines following redistricting.Overall, election officials say it was a smooth day throughout the metro. Many voters reported waiting less than 15 minutes to cast their ballots.Same day registration was to blame for longer delays at polling places.