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Judge orders polls to stay open late in heavily Democratic Indiana county

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While polls are closed in most of Indiana, Monroe County polls will remain open until 7 p.m. Eastern time after a judge's order, according to the Bloomington-Herald Times.

What are the details?

Monroe Circuit Judge MaryEllen Diekhoff approved the request to extend the voting hours in Monroe County after reports emerged that there were not enough ballots and long lines in polling places.

Couriers are working tirelessly to deliver more ballots to polling sites that have run out in response to the immense turnout.

By 6 p.m., about 47,600 voters casted their votes in Monroe County, which constituted a 49 percent voter turnout for the county.

This number greatly surpasses the total number of voters in the 2014 election, according to the outlet.

“We’ve had better than expected voter turnout in Monroe County and this has resulted in some polling locations running out of ballots,” Nicole Browne, Monroe County Clerk, said in an email. “It’s a great problem to have and we have couriers running ballots out to the polling sites.”

Monroe County voted heavily Democratic in 2016, and was one of only four Indiana counties to favor Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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