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Long lines of voters move relatively fast in the New Orleans area on Election Day

Jefferson and Orleans Parish voters say voting was a smooth experience, but they had to wait their turn

NEW ORLEANS — In anticipation of record turn-out on Election day, polling commissioners and poll workers in the New Orleans area have been helping voters efficiently participate on in the November election.

Voters in Jefferson and Orleans Parish have told WWLTV that they had three minutes in the booth to cast their vote, and voters in St. Tammany Parish say lines are moving quickly.

"Slow is smooth. Smooth is fast" is a phrase often heard in the Armed Forces, and that seems to be the goal for polling places in the New Orleans area on Election Day.

More than 100,000 Orleans Parish voters cast their ballots early or by mail, officials said.

While there was some concern about polling places on Election Day in the aftermath of Hurricane Zeta due to power outages, few polling places in the New Orleans area were affected.

Polling places in Jefferson Parish all had power early Tuesday, some thanks to power restoration, others thanks to generators.

Jefferson Parish President Cynthia Lee Sheng said she assigned a firefighter to each polling place with a generator to make sure those polling places stay up and running.

Ultimately, the common theme for polling places on Election Day as of noon has been "smooth."

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