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Floridians Wait In Long Lines To Vote

FULL COVERAGE: 2012 Election Night

In Florida, hundreds of people remained in line waiting to cast ballots at some locations even as polls closed — at 7 p.m. in most of the state, 8 p.m. in the western Panhandle counties.

People line up to vote  in Crawfordville, Florida
People line up to vote in Crawfordville, Florida (Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images)

Under state law, anyone already in line when the polls closed will be permitted to vote.

Shortly before polls closed in Virginia, meanwhile, the Obama campaign sent out text messages saying that volunteers were needed “right now” to make sure that everyone who was still in line as polls closed got to vote.

The text asked recipients to reply, and said an organizer would call as soon as possible with further instructions.

The campaign did not respond within 30 minutes to a text sent by a reporter.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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