Combined election districts create long lines in Albany County

November 06, 2018 06:10 PM

LATHAM - Turnout was so robust at some places in Albany County that extra machines had to be brought in.

The Republican inspector says people were lined up outside the Colonie Elks Lodge before 6 a.m. on Tuesday

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Two additional ballot machines had to be brought in to accommodate the number of people who came to vote.

Nine districts were combined into this single polling location this year, so there's a much higher number of people coming to this polling location. That's coupled with the fact that more people are showing up to these midterm elections than we've seen in years past.

Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple decided to double the number of deputies patrolling the polling locations. He said they saw a small scuffle at a location in Albany earlier Tuesday, but things have gone pretty smoothly for the most part. He's urging everyone to be patient.


WNYT Staff

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