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Monroe County polls to be open until 7 p.m.


Students stand in line to vote outside the Indiana Memorial Union. As of 5 p.m., more than 46,000 Monroe County voters had cast ballots. Matt Begala

The Monroe County polls will stay open until 7 p.m. As long as voters are in line by 7, they will be able to vote. 

A court order will allow the polls to stay open an extra hour, said Carolyn VandeWiele, Democratic member of the Monroe County Election board.

The polls were scheduled to be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday. Higher than expected turnout made lines longer for voters. 

Due to difficulties keeping polling stations stocked with ballots, the election board felt it was fair to keep polls open an hour later, VandeWiele said.

As of 5 p.m., 46,000 voters in Monroe County had cast a ballot Nicole Browne, Monroe County clerk said in an email. That's more than 48 percent of all voters in the county.

In the last midterm elections in 2014, about 27,000 votes were cast, Browne said.

Lydia Gerike, Alex Hardgrave and Peter Talbot contributed to this report. 

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