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DALLAS (AP)

Early voting eases Election Day jam, officials say

Record early voter turnout helped lead to shorter lines in the early hours of Election Day in many of the largest counties across Texas.

There were some hourlong waits and voter traffic was steady, but reports of problems were scarce.

Not quite everyone in Bexar County was happy, though. The Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund called the county after receiving reports that an election judge allegedly told two voters they would have to wait an hour and a half to get provisional ballots and should just vote in the next election.

MALDEF legislative staff attorney Luis Figueroa said the situation was worked out with officials --- who called it a miscommunication.

Texas Secretary of State Hope Andrade projected 68% of the 13.5 million registered voters in Texas will cast a ballot in the general election. Andrade's prediction is 12%age points higher than 2004 and follows heavy early voting turnout across the state.

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