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Many Voters Faced Lines Before Polls Opened

Kansas City, MO – Lines at polling places on both sides of the state line formed well before dawn, with voters showing up in the dark with chairs, books and plenty of coffee.

This morning at 5:15 am, Mark Kenney was first in line at his polling place in Brookside. Kenney says, "I got up early, made the coffee and came on down. Quite a bit of hype about it being a historic election, but I think it truly is - not just in terms of the candidates, but it's just a time of such crisis in this country that this election takes on such greater importance." About a hundred people were in line by the times polls opened at 6 am.

Kay Postma also arrived at her polling place in Brookside (in Kansas City, Missouri) before 6 am, but she had to wait about a half an hour to vote. "I had no idea it was going to be like this," says Postma. "It's really exciting to be part of this." Postma says she's particularly interested in the presidential race, and light rail.

Election officials advise voters to bring a valid ID and take a look at the issues before they get to the polls.

Sylvia Maria Gross is storytelling editor at KCUR 89.3. Reach her on Twitter @pubradiosly.
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