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Video: Raw video: Long lines to vote at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church

Voters line up at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds (Dan Reilly, 11Alive News)

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- While many metro Atlanta voters are getting in and out of the polls with ease Tuesday, others are running into long lines, broken machines and other Election Day problems.

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At Mt. Vernon Baptist Church in Sandy Springs, hundreds of people were delayed when voting machines went down at around 11 a.m. Voter Alli Allen sent in video of voters who suddenly found themselves unable to cast their ballots. Allen said the machines were later fixed, but the line of voters was moving very slowly.

Broken machines were also reported at Venetian Hills Elementary School in Atlanta, where repairmen were called in and more than 200 people were in line.

Voter Mark Dumond said the wait at Druid Hills Baptist Church in Atlanta was at least two hours long. A malfunctioning driver's license reader backed up the line, even though voting machines were open.

Long waits were also reported at Parkside Elementary School in Grant Park. Voters there said there weren't enough workers to handle the turnout and pointed to empty booths despite the long lines.

Fulton County reported technical glitches at Cleveland Avenue Library, John C. Birdine Neighborhood Facility and Palmetto Senior Center, but voters at all three locations were still able to cast ballots.

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