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Voters across Kansas City encounter long lines at polls

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Posted at 11:42 AM, Nov 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-03 12:42:22-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Voters across the Kansas City area encountered long lines Tuesday morning as they headed to the polls.

At Wornall Road Baptist Church, lines wrapped around the building as early as 5:30 a.m.

“I’m surprised. A lot of people I talked to have already voted so I didn’t think there would be a huge line here today,” said voter Steve O’Neil.

Kansas City Election Board Republican Director Shawn Kieffer advised people to be patient.

“There will be long lines and they’ll deceivingly look long because everyone is social distancing. Be patient. We’ll get you in pretty quickly, get you out,” Kieffer said.

While some voters reported longer wait times, other voters said they were able to walk right in later in the morning.

Voter Aaron Pixton said his focus isn’t on the lines, but the outcome of the election.

“I wouldn’t say I’m nervous but I hope it goes the right direction,” Pixton said.

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