After snags, last Chicago ballot cast at 3 a.m.

AP News
Posted: Nov 05, 2014 4:35 PM

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois' experiment with allowing people to register and vote on Election Day ran into bottlenecks in Chicago. It led to lines of hundreds at a handful of designated sites, including one where the last voter didn't cast a ballot until after 3 a.m.

Crowds kept entertained with jokes, dancing, pizza orders and live-tweeting their travails on Tuesday. One voter played a ukelele for hours to entertain the crowd.

Despite a jovial atmosphere, some wondered how a process that's been done in other states for decades could have gone so badly. And some had to give up and leave before casting a ballot.

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Twenty-nine-year-old media researcher Amanda Belo was among those waiting it out. She says they were determined to vote and incredulous that the process was so difficult.