Heavy turnout in competitive suburban Bucks County, Pennsylvania, is creating very long waits at polling places.
Bucks County Commissioner Gene DiGirolamo told CNN he’s heard from voters who spent three to four hours in line. At Bensalem High School, CNN talked to voters who reported spending about 90 minutes waiting to vote. Officials at this voting location say turnout appeared to be double that of typical election years.
Bucks County Public Information Director Larry King said heavy Election Day turnout may be due to fewer than half of the 488,000 registered voters applying for mail-in ballots.
“The people that are going to the polls would largely be those that did not request mail-in ballots or in some cases, if they requested mail-in ballots but for whatever reason the mail is running slow, they haven’t received them, they can go to the polls and vote in-person,” said King.
“We did have one polling place where there was a problem with the scanners being able to read ballots. There were some markings on the edge of the ballot that were trimmed a little close, so I think might have held that particularly polling place up a little bit but that to my knowledge has been rectified,” said King.
King said that he himself waited about an hour and a half to vote this morning and that he expects others might be waiting the same amount of time.
Both candidates have visited this crucial county in the northern Philadelphia suburbs. Hillary Clinton barely won this county in 2016.
CNN's Kate Bolduan reports: