GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - In Kent County on Monday, both the Democratic and Republican headquarters were buzzing with activity in preparation for election day.
"The goal is that tomorrow runs smoothly. Everyone that shows up to the polls registered is able to vote," said Democratic campaign director Kyle Pray.
Many volunteers worked the phones, trying to scrape up last-minute votes.
"It's pretty meaningful to have that conversation and hopefully you can make people see the light -- that [Mitt] Romney is the way to go," said GOP volunteer Jo DeMarco.
By late Monday, many Grand Rapids voters had already cast their ballots. Throughout the day, the line of absentee voters stretched out the door of the City Clerk's Office.
Paul Tenant was one of those voters.
"I think it was the most important thing to get down here and get it done today versus having to rush tomorrow to do it," said Tenant.
But the majority of voters will line up at voting precincts throughout West Michigan on Tuesday. Along with anticipated long lines, voters may also have their votes questioned.
"We are anticipating having poll watchers and challengers," Grand Rapids City Clerk Lauri Parks told 24 Hour News 8.
Both major political parties and other organizations have made it known they'll be watching to insure the integrity of the voting process. Parks said challengers have a right to question poll-goers' qualifications to vote.
"They can challenge a voter on their age, their residency, their citizenship or whether or not they registered to vote before the close of voter registration," explained Parks.
But Parks said voters should not feel intimidated.
"Don't get stressed out or anything like that, because the chairperson will handle that process," said Parks.
Challengers have to go through the precinct chairperson, who will ask voters for the information the challenge is based on. Give the right answers and you'll be able to cast your ballot.
Parks said she's brought in additional election workers and equipment to help avoid the long lines seen in the past. Workers will help make sure voters are in the right place.
Parks said that after polls open at 7 a.m., the noon hour and the 5 p.m. hour are historically the busiest times for voting in city precincts. Voters may be able to avoid those lines by avoiding those times.
But with an expected 70% voter turnout, Parks said you may still have to wait to cast your ballot.
"We can't guarantee that if you decided to go at 10 o'clock, that there would be a line," she said.
Other tips: Leave all political T-shirts and buttons at home, as they're not allowed inside a polling location, and don't forget a photo ID, which speeds the process up considerably.
Reapportionment has changed not only some state and federal districts, but some voting precincts as well. To make sure you're voting in the right location, call your local city or township clerk's office.
24 Hour News 8's Marc Thompson contributed to this report
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