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Long Lines in Cuyahoga County Polling Location Has Voters Waiting Hours to Cast Ballots

ballots being processed at Cuyahoga County Board of Elections
Afi Scruggs
Workers at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections process ballots Election Night.

In Cuyahoga County, voters waited about two hours to cast ballots at the Brook Park Recreation Center. News reports said the last voters cast ballots around 8:30 p.m.

Cuyahoga County Board of Elections spokesman Mike West didn’t comment about Brook Park, but he said lines were long at locations serving multiple precincts.

Worker at Cuyahoga County Board of Elects scanning flash drives from voting machines.jpg
Afi Scruggs
Worker at Cuyahoga County Board of Elections scans flash drives from voting machines.

"I haven’t looked into Brook Park. But we know there were lines in some areas where people were very eager to vote, and some locations had more precincts than others. So I think those factors led to some long lines," West said.

Voting turnout in Cleveland increased slightly as 53% of eligible voters participated.

Ohio law allows voters who are already in line to cast ballots after the polls close.

Afi Scruggs is an award-winning writer/journalist and author who lives in Cleveland, Ohio. Her career started in 1983 as a freelancer in Richmond, Virginia. After that, she worked at newspapers in Washington, D.C., Jackson, Mississippi, and Dayton, Ohio, before settling in Cleveland.