MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Outside Covenant Church in Edina, some voters were excited on Election Day, others were glad it was over.
Many were eager to find out who the next president of the United States will be.
Joe Fleischman, 83, wasn’t about to let long lines at the polls deter people from voting. He made cookies to help make the process a little easier.
“I did this in 2004 and had a ball,” he said. “I thought I’d do it again.”
The line was out the door and around the block at Peter Hobart Elementary in St. Louis Park when the polls opened at 7 a.m.
Voters waited close to 90 minutes to cast their ballots, but the lines quickly thinned as the morning went on.
“I think both of the candidates are very different from one another and people have strong opinions both ways, so I think there will be strong feelings regardless of the outcome,” said Suzanne Brophy, a St. Louis Park resident.
But no matter which politician people voted for, voters all agreed the right to choose was a privilege.
“My father was an immigrant, came from Greece, never missed an election,” said Lenny Checheris, a Chanhassen resident. “Hopefully I can bring that up with my kids too, so they’re involved in the election process.”
Minnesota is known for having one of the highest voter turnout rates in the country. We had the top turnout in 2008.
The polls close on Election Day at 8 p.m.