The weather is smiling on the Twin Cities this Election Day.
That’s a good thing because turnout was so heavy that throngs of voters had to stand outside throughout the morning.
I stopped at polling places for five precincts — two in Carver County and three in Minneapolis. At every one the lines stretched far outside the building well after the first morning rush hour.
Phillip Edwardson has voted in the First Precinct of Minneapolis’ Ward 13 for 38 years. “I have never had to stand outside before today,” he said while waiting in one of two lines that stretched beyond the doors of The Bakken Museum at 10:30 a.m. At least the voters waiting on the West 36th Street side had great views of Lake Calhoun.
At Linden Hills Park, Minneapolis City Council Member Betsy Hodges was beaming over the robust turnout that kept her waiting under the trees to vote: “I was hoping for a line at this time of day.”
Corky Swartout had hoped, though, that she could avoid a line by voting after the morning rush. She had brought a chair just in case. And she had plenty of time to use it.
Further southwest, in Minneapolis’ Pershing Park, I took the end of the line at 11:15. I voted 50 minutes later. Nobody complained, but one man did leave, telling the rest of us he would come back later in the day.