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Happening Today: Steady early turnout in Orleans Parish

(Source: Meg Gatto / Fox 8 Photo) (Source: Meg Gatto / Fox 8 Photo)
NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -

At St. Dominic's Church on Harrison Avenue in Lakeview, election officials are expecting big crowds.

In fact, the Orleans Parish Clerk of Court, Arthur Morrell says his people are ready to make this as speedy and painless a process as possible.

Federal monitors may also be out here today, we know they're expected at several polling locations across Orleans Parish to oversee the elections process.

It's something that hasn't happened in New Orleans before but they're also in other counties across the United States today as well.

With a soggy forecast and some fearing long lines today, Morrell says it's still important for everyone to turn out and vote.

Polls will stay open until 8 p.m. Anyone still in line at 8 p.m. will be allowed to vote as long as they are in line by 8 p.m.

Voters coming to the polls early predicted turnout would be much heavier as the day progresses.

“Well the old saying goes, the early bird gets the worm because I'm quite sure in another hour this place will have a line down the street," said Spencer Hildalgo.

"I expected a big huge turnout so that's why I came early,” said Nancy Hicks. “I've got so many appointments and work and I didn't want to miss today."

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