WDBJ7 Web Staff
8:28 PM EST, November 6, 2012
According to the Virginia State Board of Elections, voters in Giles County, Montgomery County, and the City of Roanoke are still in line voting.
One of the busiest voting districts in the area has been in Roanoke.
It's definitely an ebb and flow, but for the most part, it’s been busy.
The minimum wait at William Ruffner Middle School has been two hours.
People there have been frustrated, and we are hearing that a lot all over the city.
One of the main reasons has to do with poll books. Those are the electronic computers that election workers use to identify you and check you in.
Turns out, many precincts only are using two poll books, not because they have to but because some don't have adequate staffing.
So, basically that's where the slowdown starts.
"I can't speak specifically for those precincts whether they are actually understaffed I can tell you the registrar always has trouble getting people to work the polls,” Melvin Williams, an Electoral Board Secretary said.
The State Board of Elections is not readily admitting that polling centers are understaffed, but acknowledges there have been some hiccups.
UPDATE 1:10 p.m.: Polls opened at 6 a.m. Tuesday morning, and voters wasted no time getting there early to try and beat the lines.
But for some, early didn't matter.
Some voters at Forest Park Academy in Roanoke said they waited 2.5 half hours.
Workers said the machines are working fine, but they had someone call in sick and they say that's what's causing the backup.
If you came to the polls early and didn't have to wait in a long line, consider yourself lucky.
"I have to be at work in about 45 minutes so I many not stay, I may have to come back after work,” Nicol Hale-Brown said.
After waiting an hour and a half, some voters did have to leave.
"There was a line then, there's a line now, I have time to come vote but I don't have time to wait an hour and a half to vote," Corey Weeks said. "I have school to get to, I have work to get to, I have a son to take care of but I want to come up and do my American responsibility and duty.”
Add in 30-degree temperatures, the wait for some seemed a lot longer.
"This little one's getting very restless,” Kenyatta Spencer said.
For other voters, the cold temps and the long lines weren't stopping them.
"Its kinda cold out here but all of us risk to get down here to vote and I hope everyone gets out here to vote,” Michael Hancock said. "I know the line is incredibly long but it's going to be worth the wait in the long run."
We also made a stop to the VFW Post 12- 64 in Roanoke, where the line was also long. The problem there was a bit different. They had three machines. One quit working, while the other one was acting up. So, the entire polling place was down to only one machine.
Long lines and long waits are being reported at many Roanoke area polling places.
At the VFW Hall on Grandview Avenue in Roanoke Tuesday morning, two of three machines were not working and voters were lined up out the door. Some voters said they could not continue to wait and left. At Forest Park Academy in Roanoke, some voters had waited nearly two hours and were only halfway through.
Long lines were also reported at Patrick Henry High School in Roanoke and William Byrd High School in Vinton.
When the polls opened at 6 a.m. at Roanoke's Monterey Elementary School, it took about 45 minutes to get through the line.
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