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Voters line up to cast their ballots at the Shiloh Lutheran Church in Lewisville, NC, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014. (David Rolfe/Journal)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Voters who are in line when the polls close can still vote, elections officials said as polling continued Tuesday afternoon, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.

Steve Hines, the elections director in Forsyth County, said that the typical procedure when the polls close is for the precinct judge to station an elections worker at the end of the line at 7:30 p.m. Everyone who is in line ahead of that elections worker will be allowed to vote.

If it is possible and convenient, the polling officials may bring the remaining voters inside the polling place and secure the door, Hines said.

Hines added that it is up to the precinct judge to decide how to secure the line, but that no one is supposed to vote after 7:30 unless they are in line.

The Journal will be posting live election results from the North Carolina Board of Elections Tuesday evening.

North Carolina’s Senate race between Kay Hagan and Thom Tillis drew the national spotlight to Forsyth County as Election Day voters went to the polls.

A CNN crew was stationed at Brown & Douglas Recreation Center today shooting live coverage for the election, but voters there were not surprised. Analysts believe that what happens in Forsyth County could give a sense of how the Senate race will go.

“My friends who live out of state, they know this is a big race,” said Nan Griswold, who voted at Brown & Douglas around noon.

Shawveast Dudley was waiting for her son to finish voting when she saw a CNN cameraman come inside to film.

“That shows me how important this is,” she said. “You’ve got CNN cameras walking in and reporters. That shows you how much attention they’re putting on North Carolina. And I think that’s awesome, because I think the more attention they put on North Carolina the less chance there is for error.”

Dudley’s family did have to deal with a problem at the polls today. Her son, Jahkeem Dudley-Rowe, turned 18 in May, and he came to the polls to vote for the first time. But when he got to Brown & Douglas, they could not find his name on the list.

“We were both sad, because we really did want to make a difference,” Dudley said.

Dudley-Rowe said he distinctly remembers registering to vote when he visited the DMV office a few months ago.

“It was really crazy,” he said of today’s experience. “I felt kind of overwhelmed.”

They said the election workers were very helpful, and they let him cast a provisional vote. Dudley-Rowe said he hopes his vote is counted, because he believes voting is important.

“I’m doing something important for the country,” Dudley-Rowe said.