Frederiksen Court (2:50 p.m.): Wait goes down to about 10 to 15 minutes


Logan Gaedke

Voters wait in line at Ward 2, Precinct 2 Tuesday, November 4, 2008, at Frederiksen Court. Photo: Logan Gaedke/Iowa State Daily

Allison Suesse –

The line at Hawthorn Market & Cafe in Frederiksen Court has gone down sizably since the morning voting hours.

The wait was about 10 to 15 minutes long versus the reported 30- to 45-minute long wait this morning.

At 2:20 p.m. the number of voters was at 470, said Brent Pearce, election official. At 2:50 p.m. the number had risen to 500. He said if the line continued at its current pace, there would be 900 voters by the end of the night.

Earlier this morning, two extra voting booths were requested. Don Withers, election official, said within a couple hours, the line had gone down and only one extra booth was needed. The request for two wasn’t necessary, he said. The election official said the extra booth requested should go to a more crowded precinct.

Voters who have not yet registered are able to do so on the same day they vote. Alica Foss, election official who is in charge of registering new voters, said she had been working since the booths opened at 7 a.m. She said there have been 82 since opening and an estimated 20 new voters registered in the past hour.