Long lines form in NC, Justice Dept. monitors in Wake

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Lines form in Wake County as voters rush to polls
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RALEIGH (WTVD) -- Polls are open across the state, and election officials expect long lines and large crowds despite a record number of early voters.

In Wake County, 43 percent of voters showed up for early voting this year. Officials said that record number should help ease wait times, but Election Day voters should still expect to wait.

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More than 200 polling locations will be open in Wake County, including 63 Wake County schools. The district operated on a two-hour delay to prevent an early-morning traffic rush at those schools.

The U.S. Department of Justice has deployed poll monitors to Wake County. The monitors are visiting several polling places throughout the day.

Franklin County is also on a two-hour delay. It's a teacher workday for Durham Public Schools, Chapel Hill-Carrboro Schools, and Cumberland County Schools.

There is no school today in Granville County, Harnett County, Lee County, Moore County, and Vance County.

Lines are expected to be the longest early in the morning, and then again around 5 p.m. until the polls close at 7:30 p.m.


Durham County reported some technical issues with their check-in process, which is expected to impact wait times. Read more about that here.

If you're in line when the polls close, election officials say you will be allowed to vote.

Election monitors from the U. S. Department of Justice will be in Wake County and Cumberland County to observe some of the precincts.

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