June 27, 2016

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Voting goes smoothly on Election Day in Medina County

MEDINA — Except for some traffic backups at the Medina County Fairgrounds, voting went smoothly Tuesday.

“Voting was much more efficient than I expected,” said Scot Armstrong, 46, of Medina.

Voting went smoothly at the community center at the Medina County Fairgrounds, where nine Medina precincts voted Tuesday. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY KIERA MANION-FISCHER)

Armstrong, who lives in Ward 4 Precinct C, was one of more than 25,000 county voters who saw their polling places changed since last November.

He said he arrived at the fairgrounds’ community center at about 9:30 a.m. and didn’t have to wait at all to vote.

“When my polling place moved to the fairgrounds, I expected problems and confusion. I was pleasantly surprised.

“There were clear directions and a lot of people helping, plus many voting booths,” he said.

Carol Lawler, Medina County board of elections director, said voting across the county generally went smoothly.

Lawler said the elections board geared up to deal with inquiries from residents asking by phone and email about where they should vote.

“We’ve had a lot of greeters out there helping people find their places,” she said.

Lawler said the only glitch was traffic jam in the late afternoon at the fairgrounds’ only entrance, off Lafayette Road.

Lawler said the sheriff was called to help direct traffic at the fairgrounds.

Inside the community center, where more than half of the voters in the city were sent to vote, lines were generally short.

Audrey King, 21, of Medina, arrived about 5 p.m. and said the wait was less than five minutes.

“This is actually my first time going out to vote,” she said.

Contact Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 271-4049 or kfischer@medina-gazette.com.