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D.C. Council member Marion Barry says the city's Board of Elections was unprepared for today's election. On twitter, the former mayor called the 2, 3, 4-hour long waits at the polls "unacceptable", and wants a council investigation.

A spokesperson for the city's Board of Elections says it looks like D.C. is having a record turnout this year, and says long lines are not always bad, because it shows great interest in the elections.

But spokeswoman Angela Ross also says that many poll workers did not show up today, forcing the board to contact 70 or so people that were on-call, and many of these people were then deployed to precincts that they weren't familiar with.

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