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Voters Encounter Long Lines Amid Heavy Turnout

Polling stations across the nation reported unusually high voter turnout on Tuesday, with many casting ballots encountered long lines. NPR reporter Pam Fessler talks about how polling places fared on Election Day.

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  • JIM LEHRER:

    And now, more on how the voting has gone today. There have been scattered glitches at polling places around the country. Jeffrey Brown has that story.

  • JEFFREY BROWN:

    And for a rundown of some of the problems voters have faced, I'm joined now by Pam Fessler, who's been covering that part of the story for National Public Radio.

    Well, Pam, the biggest question coming into today, really, was how the big expected turnouts would affect problems at the polling places. What do we know so far?

  • PAM FESSLER, National Public Radio:

    Well, as expected, we have seen huge lines in a lot of areas, especially when polls opened this morning in Ohio, Michigan, Missouri, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Florida. There were lots of people waiting on line.

    And in some places during the course of the day, the lines were up to three, four, even five hours in a few places. But as you said, this was pretty much expected.

    Interestingly, some of the states that saw the biggest lines during early voting, such as North Carolina and Georgia, they had fewer problems today. And I think that was a good example of how some of the early voting helped lighten the load today.