Long lines at polling places across metro Detroit this Election Day

Posted at 11:04 AM, Nov 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-08 17:38:20-05

Across Michigan, voters are waiting in lines to cast their ballot, and thousands have already made their voices heard.

At Browning Elementary in Sterling Heights saw a steady stream of voters, but no long lines or long waits. It was a much different scene early Tuesday morning in Warren at the Fitzgerald Rec Center where there was a line around the building.

There, voters were up before the sun, ready to make their pick and trying to avoid long lines.

By the time the polls opened at 7 a.m., many lines were wrapping around the building.

For many, the choice to wait out in the cold and dark was easy.

"So many people fought and died for me to have this opportunity to vote, so I wasn't going to let myself down and stay in bed all day," said voter Deanna Branch. 

For other voters, the contentious and mean spirit of this election is weighing on their minds.

"Definitely, I think everyone just wants it to be tomorrow," said voter Katie Modrik. 

Parents like Joni Long used the morning for a lesson in democracy, bringing her two kids and nephew to the polls with her.

Historically, the busiest times to vote are before and after work. So you should expect long lines again between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Polls close at 8 p.m., but as long as you are in line at that time, you can still vote.