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Schedler expects long lines in La. on Election Day

By MELINDA DESLATTE
Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's top elections official is telling voters to be patient on Election Day, do their homework about the ballot and expect a lengthy wait to get in the voting booth.

Secretary of State Tom Schedler predicted turnout for the election Tuesday could top 70% in Louisiana after a record number of people voted early.

Schedler said Monday that between the lengthy list of items on the ballot and the large number of people expected to show up, lines could be long in urban areas, with waits that could reach an hour or more.

At the top of the ballot is the hotly-contested presidential race, along with U.S. House contests, nine constitutional amendments, judicial races and local competitions. Some parishes also will choose a new justice for Louisiana's Supreme Court.

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