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Judge: No voting extension in Maricopa County

Voters wait for the polls to open early Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Voters wait for the polls to open early Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

A Maricopa County judge has rejected a request from the Arizona Democratic Party to extend voting by two hours in the county.

Judge Randall Warner ruled after a hearing Tuesday evening. Polls will close at 7 p.m. as planned in Maricopa County and across the state.

The county Recorder’s Office opposed the Democrats’ request.

Democratic Party spokeswoman Barb Lubin says complications with voting early in the morning prompted the lawsuit. She says electronic books containing voter registration information were problematic and there were long lines and a record number of voters in the county.

Recorder’s spokeswoman Elizabeth Bartholomew says there were some balky ‘e-poll” books when polls opened but problems were mainly cleared up by mid-morning. She says lines are to be expected in a hotly contested presidential election year.

State law requires a 7 p.m. closing. 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