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Early morning issues at polling places in Hinds County

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Long lines of voters started forming throughout precincts in Hinds County before polls opened at 7:00 Tuesday morning. Several polling places also started Election Day with some early morning problems.

Voters stretched outside of Jackson's Fire Station 26. It's home to Precinct 85 in Hinds County, where more than 3,000 people vote. Things did not get off to a smooth start. Precinct 85 Manager Charity Cannon said a switch-up with voting booth keys caused some temporary problems.

"It was a mix up on the keys, Precinct 86 keys was in my box," said Cannon.

The keys to open up voting machines at Precinct 85 were at Precinct 86 and vice versa.

"So we did paper ballots to try to save some time," said Cannon.

There were also a few issues at Precinct 37 located at Boyd Elementary School. One of the three machines were down when doors opened, causing a few people to use paper ballots.

"It was fixed in five minutes," said Precinct 37 Manager Grace Smith.

Bear Atwood, the Legal Director for the ACLU of Mississippi said her organization is working with the NAACP and other non-profits to resolve any issues that occur.

"We'll be on our hotlines and helping people resolve problems if we need we'll send a lawyer to resolve a problem at the polls," said Atwood.

Potential concerns didn't stop voters from showing up before 7AM to exercise their American freedom.

"We have a voice and we have a say in what happens in this country and we have to take responsibility for that," said voter Stephanie Bundle.

Jackson voter Ricky Haynes said, "they don't have the freedom in other countries we do as Americans and that's part of our duty as citizens of the U.S. to vote."

Deborah Hawkins, the first voter in line at Precinct 1 in Hinds County said, "people died you know and lost their life so we could be able to vote."

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