|Published:||Oct 29, 2012 10:27 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Oct 30, 2012 12:36 AM EDT|
COLLIER COUNTY, Fla - Day three of early voting is in the books and so far there's no indication that the lines are getting any shorter.
But, in Collier County, there's a new feature that tells you what to expect when you get to the polls.
Monday, people in Collier County waited as long as an hour and half to vote, but what most people don't realize is that you can go online to colliervotes.com and check the wait times at all six polling locations.
"They do that by handing out a piece of paper at the end of the line and then they time how long it took that voter to get to the point where they can begin processing," says Supervisor of Elections Jennifer Edwards.
Edwards says they got the idea from larger counties and for the most part it is working. The only complaint so far is that if the wait time shows more than 30 minutes, it could actually be much longer.
That was the case for Jim and Lisa Zilvitis who waited an hour and a half at the Library Headquarters in Naples.
"We thought it would be a longer wait on election day. We were trying to save time, but it turned out election day may have been a better day to vote," says Jim Zilvitis.
Ruth Prior tried voting twice Monday, but one look at the long line and she decided to go back home. "I think I'm going to go home and give up my parking place to some grateful person and get up 6:15 tomorrow morning and be in line at 7 a.m."
The hope is that this new online feature will benefit voters like Ruth by giving them a heads up on the wait before they even leave the house.
The website will not be available on election day, but elections officials hope to offer it in the future.