GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - Less than a month after her boss was fired and a task force released a report detailing problems with the voting process in Grand Rapids, Acting City Clerk Darlene O'Neal says she's confident Tuesday's election will be a success.
A variety of reasons got the city's former clerk, Lauri Parks, fired.
Long lines and frustrated voters at precincts during the 2008 presidential election were the reason the task force was put together.
"We are concerned about long lines and bottleneck opportunities in a precinct," O'Neal told 24 Hour News 8.
She's already implemented several changes recommended by the task force.
Precinct workers have received additional training. And more equipment, from pencils to voting booths, will be available on election night.
O'Neal reviewed the floor plan and reconfigured precincts in the city's Third Ward to improve efficiency, where the majority of problems occurred in 2008.
Gone is the one-size-fits-all setup of the past.
O'Neal gave 24 Hour News 8 a look at one of the plans. Even simple things, like making sure voters aren't coming and going through the same door, have been addressed.
"You can create a bottleneck if you are using the same doorway for entrance and existing," O'Neal said, explaining the new layout for one of the precincts.
There are no state or national questions or candidates on Tuesday's ballot. But it will be a big election for Grand Rapids voters.
One incumbent on the city commission -- Rosalynn Bliss -- is facing a challenge.
And a tax hike request to fund city park improvements is also up for a vote.
O'Neal said she expects voter turnout to be between 10 and 15 percent. And she said she sees that low turnout as a challenge.
"If we continue to encourage our voting population to come on out and just exercise your right to vote, I think with some of the changes that we will be making, we will improve the voter experience for our community," O'Neal said.
You can vote the traditional way on Tuesday at the polls, but if you want an absentee ballot , the city clerk's office will be opened Saturday from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.
It will also be open from 8 a.m. untill 4 p.m. on Monday.
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