VIDEO: Mississippi voters find lengthy lines at polling places on Election Day
DESOTO COUNTY, Miss. (WMC) - With the absence of early voting in Mississippi, long lines were expected in the Magnolia state come Election Day, and that prediction came true Tuesday with many voters sharing pictures and video on social media of lengthy lines at polling places.
We visited several polling locations across north Mississippi, all with hundreds of voters in line and wait time upwards of two hours.
Polls close at 7 p.m. but election officials say if you’re in line at 7 you will be allowed to vote, no matter how long it takes.
DeSoto County Election Officials say by the end of the day they expect 75-80% of the 120,000 eligible voters will have voted.
The line at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Olive Branch stretched two blocks by 11 a.m. Some people in line said it was a three-hour wait to vote.
At one point, paramedics showed up to assist one voter who passed out in line. WMC Action News 5′s Kelly Roberts says he was alert by the time paramedics arrived.
One WMC follower on Twitter tweeted a video of the line at DeSoto Central High School, which stretched around the building.
In Lafayette County, Oxford Mayor Robyn Tannehill tweeted a picture of a long voting line but said it was moving fast.
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