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Long lines but only minor issues on Election Day in La.

8 months 2 weeks 2 days ago Tuesday, November 08 2016 Nov 8, 2016 November 08, 2016 7:00 AM November 08, 2016 in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE- After a lengthy campaign season, polls have closed signaling an end to a contentious presidential election but the beginning of runoff elections in the state.

Polls closed at 8 p.m. though anyone in line before the closing time will be allowed to vote.  Polls opened at 6 a.m. Tuesday.  Voters were met with long, long lines.  Polls opened to hundreds of people already gathered outside many precincts at 6 a.m.

A picture taken inside Woodlawn High about 30 minutes after polls opened showed people wrapped around the gym where voting booths were set up.  At Westminster school in Baton Rouge, a line of people gathered before six and slowly made their way inside once doors to the polling area opened.

In Livingston Parish, voting officials had to deal with the incorrect voting machines being delivered to two locations.  Machines for Juban Parc Junior High were delivered to Gray's Creek school and the ones for Gray's were delivered to the junior high.  Voting officials said the delivery snafu was realized before polls opened, but it took a while to switch the machines.  Voters said they waited for 90 minutes before being able to vote at one of the locations. 

In a separate issue, a voter in Walker reported a computer voting machine malfunction to WBRZ.  The Secretary of State's office said it tried to replicate the issue on all machines at the location but could not get the machine to act in such a way that was reported.  Officials said no one reported any irregularities to voting officials at the polling location. 

Polling officials said there were no significant issues at any polling location in the state. 

In addition to deciding on the next president, voters across the region are also electing a U.S. Senator and congressmen.  Others also decide on local taxes and city leaders.  Some races will end up in a December runoff.

Stay with WBRZ.com for election results Tuesday evening; Watch coverage all day and into Tuesday night on WBRZ Channel 2.  Election results will also be available on the WBRZ Facebook page. Click HERE to get election results live.

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