University of Michigan students wait hours to vote


ANN ARBOR (TBEN DETROIT) – Michigan only had a few disturbances in the polls last night — but hundreds of University of Michigan students stood outside in the cold until four o’clock last night before casting their votes.

There were a few weary students at the University of Michigan Wednesday morning after staying up late on civic duty.

Jason Morgan, state elected representative for the city of Ann Arbor District 23, didn’t think he’d be at the polls past 2am, but he had a gut feeling.

“I showed up and I saw a two-hour line at 10 a.m. I thought we were going to have a problem,” Morgan said.

Morgan did what he could to make sure students stayed in line so they could vote. First he called for coffee and pizza and asked again before the temperatures plummeted at sunset.

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“The Washtenaw County Democratic Party has given the floor to members and said we need blankets,” Morgan said. ‘And let me tell you, we have blankets; we had more blankets than I could have imagined.’

One U of M student described the line as “insane.”

“Once I was in it, I thought, well, I might as well hold out,” Graesen McAllister, a U of M freshman, told TBEN Detroit.

McAllister lined up at 6pm but didn’t cast his vote until 11:45pm

He was lucky, because the software started working when the clock struck midnight, because it was technically after Election Day.

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Officials resolved the issue and voting resumed.

“They brought in extra clerks when and where they could, right? You only have a limited number of clerks,” said Catherine Carver, head of the Democracy & Debate initiative at the University of Michigan.

The hour-long wait happened in one of the Ann Arbor clerk’s two satellite offices on campus. One is open at the end of September.

‘We kept saying the students are coming?’ said Carver. “But students are TBEN-driven.”

Prop two, now law, allows voters to cast their vote in person up to nine days before an election. Hopefully it will ease the long lines at the polls on Election Day.

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Morgan, who spent part of his morning cleaning up voters left behind, would like elected leaders to tear apart Election Day.

“There are a lot of things that we need to work on; I think we have a, we need to look very seriously at what happened after the fact here so we can make sure this never happens again,” Morgan said. .