With polls opening at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, election workers knew it was going to be an early day. However, they are not the only ones who woke up in the middle of the night to get to the polls. Kenneth Johnson woke up at 3:30 a.m. to be at Ogden Elementary School by 5:15 a.m.; an hour and fifteen minutes before polls ever opened. “Seeing the lines this weekend, people standing in line for one, two, three hours, I wanted to get up early and get out here, vote, get back home,” he said. The long lines during early voting discouraged other voters as well, which is why the Szabo family also decided to wait until Election Day. “We came out Saturday and tried to vote Saturday morning and then Saturday afternoon but the lines were too long so we figured might as well come at 5:30 and just wait an hour,” said Judy Szabo. By 6:00 a.m., the line of voters stretched all the way down the sidewalk, while election officials worked inside trying to get everything ready. This is the third presidential election Chief Judge, Diana Holdridge, has worked. She is used to large turnouts and long election days. “Well, I set my alarm for 5, but I really didn't need it because I was up every hour starting at about 2 just thinking about the day and hoping everything would go well.” While some voters stood in line for more than an hour this morning, it was in and out. It is the volunteers and election officials whose day started early and will end late.
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