Some voters still in line as polls close in TN - WSMV Channel 4

Some voters still in line as polls close in TN

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV-AP) -

Election officials say long lines at some polling locations in Tennessee could delay voting results.
  
All polls were scheduled to close at 8 p.m. Eastern and 7 p.m. Central, but any voters still in line at those times were being allowed to go into the polling booths.
  
Elections Division spokesman Blake Fontenay said his office was told before polls closed that there were still people in line to vote in the state's largest counties -- Shelby, Davidson and Knox.
  
The Tuesday election included the presidential race, one U.S. Senate seat, all nine U.S. House contests, the entire state House and half of the state Senate.
  
More than 1.4 million Tennessee voters cast ballots during early voting.

Voters in many Nashville precincts were reporting voting problems on Tuesday, but few had to do with the state's new voter photo ID law.

Instead, volunteers in Nashville said the problems were too few voting machines, too few workers, no change of address forms, no provisional ballots and people being sent away without being told they could vote provisionally.

Channel 4 viewers reported waiting more than an hour to vote in many locations across Middle Tennessee, and the Tennessee Secretary of State's office reports that turnout has been strong and steady all day across the state.

Federal workers monitor Nashville voting

The U.S. Department of Justice sent members of its Civil Rights Division to Davidson County to monitor its election procedures.

The Justice Department personnel will be ensuring poll workers are complying with federal voting rights laws, such as granting equal access regardless of race, color or language; and permitting voters with disabilities to receive assistance.

Anyone can report complaints related to possible violations of the federal voting rights laws by calling toll free 1-800-253-3931 or 202-307-2767 or TTY 1-877-267-8971.

You can also send a fax to 202-307-3961, email to voting.section@usdoj.gov or file a complaint form at http://www.justice.gov/crt/about/vot/.

For more information, visit the Civil Rights Division's website at http://www.usdoj.gov/crt/voting.

Copyright WSMV 2012 (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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