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Voters wait in long lines at polls

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Since the polls opened, electronic voting machines have been down at the Cherokee Springs Fire Dept. in Chesnee. (Nov. 6, 2012/FOX Carolina) Since the polls opened, electronic voting machines have been down at the Cherokee Springs Fire Dept. in Chesnee. (Nov. 6, 2012/FOX Carolina)
Voters wait in line before polls opened at 7 a.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church on Pine St. in Spartanburg. (Nov. 6, 2012/FOX Carolina) Voters wait in line before polls opened at 7 a.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church on Pine St. in Spartanburg. (Nov. 6, 2012/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Many voters will face long lines at their polling stations as voters are eager to cast their ballots for local, state and federal races.

Election officials say many will face an average wait time of about two hours. Polls in South Carolina and Georgia opened at 7 a.m., while polls in North Carolina opened at 6:30 a.m.

Registered voters in South Carolina need to bring their South Carolina driver's license, a S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles ID or a voter registration card in order to vote. Note, first-time voters should check scvotes.org for additional identification requirements.

Not all registered voters in North Carolina are required to show a photo ID, depending on when and how they registered to vote. A complete list of ID requirements are available online at ncsbe.gov. Registered voters in Georgia need to bring either their Georgia driver's license, a state or federal photo ID, a military ID or passport. A complete list of Georgia requirements are online at sos.georgia.gov/elections/.

SLIDESHOW: Long lines form on Election Day

Voters at the Sugar Creek Clubhouse polling place in Greer were lined up ready and waiting for the polls to open at 7 a.m. Tuesday.

"I just think it is my civic duty," said one voter Dave Skoug. "I want to make sure I do that and get to work on time."

Voters of all ages lined up to cast their ballots in the highly contested presidential race.

"This is one of the most important decisions we have ever had of my lifetime," said voter Pat Keasler. "I am 74 years old. This is very important. I wanted to make sure to get it taken care of early."

FOX Carolina received several comments from voters across the Upstate saying machines are down, causing even longer lines.

At the Cherokee Springs Fire Department polling place in Chesnee, all six machines have been down since 7 a.m. requiring voters to cast paper ballots instead. While switching to paper caused delays earlier in the morning according to one voter, some say now it is going just as quick and easy.

At Welfare Baptist Church in Belton (precinct 19), voters told FOX Carolina that they were waiting in line when the polls opened were told to come back later because the machines were down and they did not have enough paper ballots. They said voters can now cast ballots but long lines were expected as the earlier voters returned.

South Carolina State Election Commission officials said while machines may be down, they have back-up internal memory drives so votes will not be lost.

Voters unsure of what polling place they are assigned to can check online on scvotes.org, the North Carolina State Board of Elections website or the Georgia Elections website.

Polls in Georgia and South Carolina will close at 7 p.m. and polls in North Carolina will close at 7:30 p.m. Voters in line when the polls close will still be allowed to cast their ballots.

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