Menlo Park voters reported long lines and delays in voting at some polling places in the city.
One voter called The Almanac at around 7:45 p.m. Tuesday -- 15 minutes before the close of polls -- and said that she had been in line about 20 minutes at the First Baptist Church at 100 Middle Ave. at Arbor Road, and there were 18 people in back of her.
She also heard complaints from voters that they were given wrong information about their polling place. One woman, who said she had voted at the church for years, appeared frustrated and said she was re-directed to vote at Little House.
Another Menlo Park voter reported that he waited in line about 30 minutes before voting, and that when he left his polling place at 6:35 p.m., there were 35 people in line.
A voter at the First Baptist Church reported at around 8:20 p.m. that she had just left the polling place and that there were still 25 people inside waiting to vote.
The five voting machines were occupied, and when voters asked for paper ballots, they were told the polling place had run out -- for the second time that day.
"I spent about 40 minutes in line and about 5 minutes voting -- the first time I've ever experienced a significant delay in voting in Menlo Park," she said.
The count appears to be going very slowly.
An observer said that people appeared to take a long time to vote on the machines, possibly because of the long ballot and unfamiliarity with the machines.
An Almanac reporter drove by Bethany Lutheran Church in West Menlo Park at around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday night and noticed three men closing up a stretch white van big enough to hold voting machines. Asked if they were from the elections office, they said they were. Asked how it was going, one said, "Pretty busy."
If you have encountered any problems at your voting place, please send the information to editor@AlmanacNews.com.