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Nov 6, 2012 7:27 PM by Kristen Holloway

Long Voting Lines in Acadiana

Two hours until the polls close in Louisiana where we are watching several close races. Long voting lines seem to be trending across the country. As well as frustrated voters who find out they're waiting in the wrong line hours into their wait. Polling places in Acadiana were no different.
Voters said this is the biggest voter turnout they've ever seen.
"I did want to leave for a second, but then I was like, I waited over an hour already I'm not going to leave then come back," said Lafayette Voter Maisie Racca.
Edgar Martin Middle School had about a two hour wait throughout the day and voters at Ossun Elementary waited up to an hour and 30 minutes.
"It didn't matter how long I would have to wait because once again, I'm here to exercise my right to vote," Lafayette Voter Matthew Narcissee.
Adding to the long wait frustration at some polling sites, over unclear instructions on where voters were supposed to go.
"There is a lot of people who couldn't see the sign on the door and they were standing in the wrong line and they were pretty frustrated once they found out that they were standing in the wrong line," Lafayette Voter Conrad Simoneaux.
The lines could have been longer. Remember a record number of Louisiana voters cast their ballots early, nearly 280,000 votes were taken last week.
That includes 7% of voters in Lafayette Parish alone.


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