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Merrimack Valley

November 5, 2013

NEW UPDATE: Rivera beats Lantigua by just 60 votes for mayor

Police have been asked to guard ballot boxes

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“We had a few problems we addressed in the morning. Those were taken care of pretty quickly. We were very pleased with how it's going and thankful the Secretary of State is there and we've been able to work with them in the city to solve minor problems that came to our attention.”

Wilmot said the campaign fliers for Lantigua found inside polling places “were promptly thrown out” and that the poll worker at the Guilmette School in District D2 who was advocating for a candidate also was removed. She was unable to name the worker or to say for whom he or she was electioneering.

Lantigua's cell phone was not taking messages today and so he could not be reached, but Rivera said it was “another chaotic day” of voting.

"It started with a bunch of machines down,” Rivera said. “At least four.”

He said when he happened upon City Clerk Maloney and attempted to express his concern, Maloney told him to “call City Hall.”

Voter turnout in Lawrence remained steady and high throughout election day.

At the Arlington School, 150 had already voted by 10 a.m.

"There has been a steady flow of people coming in and out already," Barbara Beland election warden at the Bruce School on Butler Street, said at 11 a.m. "I think it's going to be a high turnout."

At 5 p.m. there was a line outside Frost School's gymnasium of voters ready to cast their ballot. More than 700 people had voted at Frost School by 5 p.m.

Frost School also suffered from some technical difficulties throughout the day as well. A machine broke twice during the day leaving voters to leave their ballots by the side of the machine with a police officer present.

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