Delays, long lines face some early voters

Wynton Yates talks about what the lines look like across the area for early voting.

NEW ORLEANS – As people across the area lined up early, parishes and polling places worked out the kinks and delays with lines of voters waiting.

Tuesday morning, polls across the state opened for early voting.

"I was afraid if I didn't vote early and I died before November 8th, I just couldn't handle it,” said Cheron Brylski. “I had to come vote early and just do it, I was that excited."

In Orleans Parish the lines were long but moved quickly. Orleans Registrar Sandra Wilson explained Tuesday's wait times have been no longer than 20 minutes, even as they've seen an increase in early voter participation.

"Each year it picks up,” said Wilson. “More and more people are interested in early voting and the absentee paper ballot is unbelievable."

She said her office has mailed out nearly 8,000 absentee ballots, and believes the convenience of early voting Is really starting to make an impact in the minds of voters.

"Even if you think you're going to be busy or something you have enough time so there's no reason why no one should vote because you have a whole week to get it in," said voter Henry Briant.

Orleans Parish isn't alone in seeing bigger numbers of voters headed to the polls. In St. Tammany officials said they've seen more than 900 voters at each of their polling places.

"The last presidential election, we had about 8,000 (voters) at each location so we're expecting 1,200-1,500 per day," said Dwayne Dimarco.

In Covington, voters waited around twenty minutes to cast their ballot. In Slidell it was around 40 minutes, but in Kenner, problems had voters waiting nearly two hours -- not with the voting machines, but with the check-in process.

Still, spirits remained high as people waited it out.

"It's important to vote so we're here and we accomplished what we set out to do," said one woman waiting to vote.

Early voting continues through Nov. 1.

(© 2016 WWL)


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