Some polling places open late; election judges leave


RACES, RESIDENTS WERE READY TO GET OUT THERE AND VOTE, BUT WHEN THEY GOT TO THOSE PRECINCTS, THEY WERE NOT OPEN. BALTIMORE CITY HAD ITS SHARE OF PROBLEMS RIGHT OUT OF THE GATE. VOTERS RAN INTO LONG LINES, AND IN SOME CASES, PRECINCTS THAT OPENED LATE, INCLUDING THIS ONE AT THE WOODHOL REC CENTER ON MOYER.>>I LIVE RIGHT DOWN THE STREET, SO I JUST WENT HOME AND PICKED UP MY MOTHER-IN-LAW AND CAME BACK, AND THEY STILL WERE NOT HERE. LISA: BALTIMORE CITY ELECTIONS DIRECTOR ARMSTEA JONES SAYS 15 PRECINCTS OPENED LATE, BUT BY 8:30 A.M., THINGS HAVE CLEARED UP.>>WE DO NOT HAVE KEYS OURSELVES TO GET INTO THESE BUILDINGS. WE DEPEND ON THOSE FACILITIES TO LET US IN. LISA: JONES ALSO SAID PEOPLE WHO SIGNED UP TO BE JUDGES BAILED ON HIM.>>WE TRAINED 200 JUDGES, AND OVER THE LAST WEEK, WE HAVE HAD SEVERAL HUNDRED CALL AND CANCEL. WE HAD A STATE CONTRACT TO GET US ELECTION TEXT THAT FELL THROUGH. LISA: 329,000 PEOPLE ARE ELIGIBLE TO VOTE IN THE PRIMARY. DESPITE THE PROBLEMS, PEOPLE ARE EXCITED TO HEAR THEIR VOICES HEARD.>>IT IS A CLOSE CONTEST, SO I AM HAPPY. CLINTON. LISA: THEY DO NOT HAVE ANY HARD NUMBERS IN IN TERMS OF TURNOUT, BUT THEY CAN TELL ME THEY ARE HEARING THAT THINGS ARE MODERATE. THEY EXPECT THINGS TO PICK UP WHEN PEOPLE GET OFF WORK AND COME TO THE POLLS. POLLS ARE OPEN UNTIL 8:00

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