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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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The first incident happened at 8 a.m. and wasn't working for about 20-25 minutes. The second time happened around 2 in the afternoon and was down for a half hour to 45 minutes.

Even if it meant waiting in a long line, voters expressed excitement over their chosen candidate.

"I'm voting for Rivera," Lawrence resident Laurie Carlisle said who voted at the South Lawrence East School. "I think he has potential to be a great mayor. Lawrence needs a change. Lantigua had his shot and now it's time to give somebody else a try."

Yelena Almante agreed.

"I think it's time for a change," she said after voting at Arlington School. "I am so disappointed in Lantigua. He is no good for Lawrence."

Maria Peguero said she has been a loyal Lantigua since the beginning.

"He's a good man," she said. "He cares deeply about the Hispanic population here."

Lawrence residents and activists Rafael Guzman and Wayne Hayes believe cameras that have been placed to catch people voting illegally have been working thus far.

"We have heard people seeing the cameras and then leave without voting," Guzman said.

Guzman believes some voters today who left after seeing cameras left because they legally couldn't vote in the city of Lawrence.

Cameras have been placed in several polling areas throughout the city after voting irregularities were noticed during the Sept. 17 preliminary election.

"It was chaos," Guzman said.

Guzman said after the preliminary election, he went around several different neighborhoods where the irregularities were noticed to conduct research.

"We knocked on doors and realized some people were not registered to vote or were from Methuen. That's why we wanted the cameras placed so we he can stop this from happening," he said.

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