GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - Tuesday's election was the first big test of Grand Rapids Acting City Clerk Darlene O'Neal.
She took over the office less than a month ago after her boss, former clerk Lauri Parks, was fired by city commissioners for a number of reasons and a task force on elections called for changes to avoid problems at the polls.
O'Neal implemented some of the easier to accomplish recommendations by the task force -- what she called the "low-hanging fruit."
Changes were made to the way voting traffic flowed through some precincts to avoid the bottlenecks that caused problems during the 2008 election.
Election workers had more equipment, from pencils to voting booths, at the ready for voters.
And election workers were provided more training so if there were problems, they could be handled either in person or by a quick phone call.
While O'Neal was happy with the way things went Tuesday, the real test may not come until next year's gubernatorial race or even the 2016 presidential election
"The best test will be high volume," O'Neal said. "By that way we can compare apples to apples. So we have done a soft launch in terms of the low-hanging fruit, making revisions to some of the precinct layouts. So it's difficult to say that we have hit a home run, but I'm confident."
In the election, voters decided to spend more of their tax dollars to improve aging city parks, and re-elected 2nd Ward City Commissioner Rosalynn Bliss.
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