POLL: Grade Your Election Day Experience
Most Kent voters Patch talked to gave high marks to the Portage County Board of Elections for a smooth Election Day
For most Kent voters it appears Election Day passed smoothly with little or no hiccups and modest waits at the polls.
Patch asked voters as they left the polls to grade their experience in casting their ballot.
Byron Jarrett, who cast his vote at the First Christian Church Tuesday evening, gave his experience between an A and A-minus.
"It was pretty seamless. It was easy to understand," he said.
Jarrett said he was in and out of his polling location in less than 15 minutes.
"I wasn’t expecting too much of a wait," he said. "I feel as if a lot of people voted early that really wanted to get their vote in."
Voters who cast their ballot at Theodore Roosevelt High School gave their poll workers similar high marks.
"Oh, I’d give it an A," said Nancy Hwee. "It’s excellent."
Teresa McBride said she was surprised she got in and out with no wait.
"Yes, very," McBride said. "As soon as I walked in the door I got to vote. My niece is voting in Stow … and she had to wait an hour."
Dan Fulmer voted with McBride and also had no wait. Like Jarrett, he attributed it to lots of people who took advantage of early and absentee voting.
"I know a lot of people who did that," he said.
The voting process wasn't so smooth Tuesday evening at Riverwood Community Chapel.
Joy Freeman got to cast her vote at the church after waiting about 30 minutes, but they had to drive across town to the Kent American Legion so her husband Phillip could vote.
Because of that, Joy Freeman gave her experience a D.
"I was able to vote here because I was registered at our old address," she said. "And my husband has to go all the way across town. And we didn’t know this until (Tuesday)."
First-time voter Melanie Gilliland opted not to give her experience at Riverwood chapel a letter grade.
"It was really slow, I know that," she said. "I waited probably 20 minutes for five people in front of me. There were more machines open than people in front of me."
Faith Lyon, director of the Portage County Board of Elections, said Tuesday that all the polls opened on time and midway through the day none had encountered any major problems.
"I think we’re looking really good," Lyon said. "When the weather conditions are good, folks aren’t afraid to get out and vote."