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Voters Suffer Through Hours-Long Early Voting Lines

| by Ray Brown

Across the country, early voters are experiencing long lines at the polls.

In crucial swing states like Nevada, Florida, and Ohio, voters reportedly waited for hours to cast their vote before Election Day.

In heavily Hispanic Miami-Dade County, more than 460,000 people cast their ballots early, with long lines failing to prevent voters from breaking an early vote record, reported the Miami Herald.

"From my perspective this is Hispanics in Florida reacting viscerally to [Republican presidential nominee] Donald Trump," said Daniel Smith, a political science professor at the University of Florida who also does voting research, according to Reuters. "His scorched earth campaign against immigrants and especially Hispanics is coming home to roost in Florida."

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A great deal of media attention has been placed on the reportedly high number of Hispanic voters due to Trump, whose campaign was started with insulting comments about Mexican immigrants and a promise to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

“Looks like Trump got his wall after all. A wall of beautiful voters,” tweeted Yvanna Cancela, director of the Culinary Union in Las Vegas, where long lines were also reported.

“I’m thrilled to see a long line. The only time I had to wait in line was voting for Obama in 2008,” said California voter Jane Bergeron, according to the Los Angeles Times. “You had that sense that voting mattered. I get that same sense now. It’s an important election, and you feel that.”

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In Illinois' Cook County, which includes the City of Chicago, more than 284,000 people voted early, breaking the 2008 record.

"I'm just happy that people are coming out. I would hope that a lot more would come out today because I think Election Day will be extremely busy," Marisel Hernandez, of the Chicago Board of Elections, told WLS.

Sources: WLS, Reuters, Miami Herald, Los Angeles TimesYvanna Cancela/Twitter/ Photo Credit: WCPO/Youtube

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