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Voters are bracing for problems at the polls because of a shortage of at least 500-thousand poll workers nationwide.

The problems could include long lines, cranky volunteers, problems opening and closing polling places, and the chance that results won´t be known until long after the polls are closed.

Roughly one-point-four million people have been trained to serve as poll workers on Tuesday.

The U-S Election Assistance Commission says that´s about the same as four years ago.

But nearly two million people are needed to deal with heavy turnout, surging numbers of first-time voters and complicated touch-screen machines in hundreds of counties.

The shortage is acute in urban areas where workers should be able to speak multiple languages.

DeForest Soaries Junior — chairman of the Election Assistance Commission — is most worried about New York City, Washington, D-C, Saint Louis, Chicago and Los Angeles.

He is also concerned about cities in Ohio and Pennsylvania where Republicans and Democrats have registered thousands of new voters.

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